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Notice given 25 July 2002

482  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the problems being experienced by residents of East Gippsland with regards to provision of telephone services.

(2) Is the Minister aware that some residents are experiencing periods without telephone services of up to 10 days at a time.

(3) What steps are being taken to ensure that proper service is provided and that businesses are not adversely affected by the failure of telephone services in this area.

483  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the economic value to Australia of the live animal export trade:

(1) From the latest statistics available to the Minister for the past 3 financial years: (a) how many: (i) sheep, and (ii) cattle, died in transit by ship to foreign destinations; and (b) what was the total dollar value of these losses, given that the price of beef and mutton to Australian purchasers has risen significantly.

(2) Given the flow-on effect of employment in country towns, how many Australian abattoirs: (a) have been constructed in the past decade or are being constructed; and (b) have closed.

(3) When will the Australian Government undertake an investigation into the long-term economic and social consequences of the live export trade.