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Notice given 28 February 2002

138  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What was the value of road funding announced by the Government in the lead-up the 2001 federal election.

(2) (a) How many road projects were announced in the lead-up to the 2001 federal election; (b) what is the level of funding allocated for each of these projects; and (c) what is the nature of the work to be carried out in each project.

(3) How much additional funding will be added to the roads budget as a result of road project announcements in the lead-up to the 2001 federal election.

(4) If there is additional funding required for the road budget as a result of spending announcements in the lead-up to the 2001 federal election, will that additional money go to the National Highway and Roads of National Importance Program; if not, where will the additional funding be allocated.

151  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Has the Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) commenced a salinity mapping consultancy as part of the National Action Plan on Salinity and Water Quality; if not, why not and when is the work scheduled to commence; if so: (a) where has this work been undertaken to date; and (b) what is the program, by region, to be followed by the BRS in completing this consultancy.

(2) What is the planned timing of the commencement and completion of this work, by state.

(3) (a) What is the value of the contract for the salinity mapping consultancy; and (b) who will meet that cost.

(4) If the states are to contribute to the cost of the project: (a) what is the cost to be met by each state; (b) what is the cost to be met by the Commonwealth; and (c) are there agreements in place with each state to meet those costs.