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Notice given 24 June 2002

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

(1) What was the total cost in Australian dollars to the Australian wool industry of flystrike for each of the past 5 financial years.

(2) Is the Minister aware of a document entitled, An innovative product for the prevention of flystrike in sheep , by Mr John Norris.

(3) What do the document and its author seek of the Commonwealth.

(4) What process was undertaken to assess the document and the suitability of Mr Norris’ proposal for Commonwealth-funded assistance.

(5) What other federally-funded assistance programs might Mr Norris approach.

(6) On what basis pertaining to Mr Norris’ proposal does the Minister suggest each of these federally-funded assistance programs.

(7) What research is the department doing (either directly or by way of funding support) into methods to reduce the incidence and cost of flystrike to the Australian wool industry.

(8) What is the quantum of Commonwealth government expenditure on this research for each of the past 5 financial years.

(9) What is the estimated quantum of Commonwealth government expenditure on this research for each of the next 5 financial years.

(10) Are there any other current federally-funded programs that are directly conducting research into the reduction of flystrike incidence and cost of flystrike to the Australian wool industry.

(11) What is the quantum of Commonwealth government expenditure on this research for each of the past 5 financial years.

(12) What is the estimated quantum of Commonwealth government expenditure on this research for each of the next 5 financial years.

(13) Are there any other current federally-funded programs that are supporting (by way of funding) research into the reduction of incidence and cost of flystrike in the Australian wool industry.

(14) What is the quantum of Commonwealth government expenditure on this research for each of the past 5 financial years.

(15) What is the estimated quantum of Commonwealth government expenditure on this research for each of the next 5 financial years.

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

(1) What was the total amount, in Australian dollars, spent by the Australian agricultural sector on all fertilisers for domestic use for the each of the past 5 financial years.

(2) For each of the past 5 financial years, what percentage of all fertilisers used by the Australian agricultural sector for domestic use were imported, both in terms of metric tonnage and value in Australian dollars.

(3) For each of the past 5 financial years, including the current year, how many shipments have been received where the importation documentation describes the cargo as being at least in part fertiliser from China.

(4) For each year of the period specified in (3) what has been the total amount in metric tonnes of shipments where the importation documentation describes the cargo as being at least in part fertiliser from China.

(5) Which Australian agricultural industries are users of fertilisers imported from China.

(6) Is it the case that in late April or early May 2002, Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) officials impounded two containers of material imported from China and found that it was hazardous waste.

(7) Where and when did this impoundment occur.

(8) Specifically what type of fertiliser did the documentation that accompanied the shipment describe it as.

(9) From where else does Australia import fertiliser so described.

(10) Which Australian agricultural industries are users of imported fertilisers so described.

(11) Since May 2002, what meetings has the Minister had with state ministers on the issue of hazardous waste being imported to Australia under documentation describing it as a type of fertiliser.

(12) When and where were these meetings held.

(13) Who attended each meeting.

(14) What was discussed at these meetings.

(15) When is the next round of scheduled meetings with state ministers on the issue of hazardous waste being imported to Australia under documentation describing it as a type of fertiliser.

(16) What are the next planned steps, including target dates, for the department in relation to addressing the issue of hazardous waste being imported to Australia under documentation describing it as a type of fertiliser.

(17) For each of the past 5 financial years, including the current year, what has been the detection rate of such shipments by AQIS, in terms of metric tonnes intercepted by AQIS as against the total amount of such shipments in metric tonnes AQIS estimates has been shipped to Australia.

(18) For each of the next 5 financial years what is the target rate for detection by AQIS of such imports, in terms of metric tonnes to be intercepted by AQIS as against the total amount in metric tonnes AQIS estimate will be shipped to Australia.

394  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—For each of the past 5 financial years:

(1) How many collisions have occurred between ocean going vessels in Australian waters.

(2) How many deaths have resulted from collisions which have occurred between ocean going vessels in Australian.

(3) How many injuries have resulted from collisions which have occurred between ocean vessels in Australian.

(4) On how many occasions has rescue of persons on ocean going vessels within Australian waters occurred as a result of the use of the very high frequency channel 16.