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Notice given 7 August 2002

525  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) How many coastal developments along the Queensland coast requiring some form of approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority: (a) are still current; (b) have received approval; or (c) are awaiting approval.

(This need not include marine tourism operators or scientific research permits, but should include: resorts, marinas, harbours, aquaculture farms, cruise ship permits, material changes of use under in principle agreement, space bases, roads or car parks, reclamations, jetties or boat ramps, airports, and golf courses.)

(2) How many of those developments have approvals from either local or state governments.

(3) How many of those developments have approvals from the authority.

(4) Can a table be provided that indicates for each development: the development, location, nature of development (including any stages in the development proposal), level of impact assessment that has occurred, any approvals granted and when, and any permit or licence applications pending and what the application is for.

526  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the visit by the Minister to Japan in July 2002:

(1) When did the Minister depart Australia.

(2) When did the Minister return to Australia.

(3) Who travelled with the Minister.

(4) Who met the cost of the participants’ travel and other expenses associated with the trip.

(5) If costs were met by the department, can an itemised list of costs be provided.

(6) (a) Who did the Minister meet during his visit; and (b) what were the times and dates of each meeting.

527  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—With reference to the visit by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to Japan in July 2002:

(1) What costs of travel and other associated expenses, if any, were met by the Department of Finance and Administration in respect to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and his staff.

(2) If applicable, what were these costs per expenditure item for: (a) the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; and (b) the Minister’s staff.

(3) What other costs, if any, were met by the department in relation to the trip.

528  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—Does the Australian Customs Service maintain a record of quarantine infringements on its intelligence data system; if so, how many quarantine infringements were recorded by Customs in the following financial years: (a) 2000-01; (b) 1999-2000; (c) 1998-99; (d) 1997-98; and (e) 1996-97.

529  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—How many quarantine infringement notices were recorded by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service in the following financial years: (a) 2000-01; (b) 1999-2000; (c) 1998-99; (d) 1997-98; and (e) 1996-97.

530  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Government’s decision not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol at this time:

(1) What are the implications of this decision for participants in the International Greenhouse Partnerships (IGP) program.

(2) What would be the value of greenhouse gas credits currently held by IGP program investors had Australia ratified the Kyoto Protocol in May 2002.

(3) Is it the case that the IGP program has now closed.

(4) Have any of the businesses involved in the IGP program initiated legal action against the Commonwealth for breach of contract; if so, can details be provided.

(5) Which, if any, of the businesses involved in the IGP program have since moved off-shore.

(6) What are the estimated job and revenue losses to the Commonwealth from such relocations.

531  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—Is it the case that the July 2002 meeting of the Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs determined that the workplan of the Indigenous and Targeted Initiatives of National Significance taskforce should be modified to include the conclusion of outstanding work in response to the development of the Disability Discrimination Act education standards; if so, can reasons for doing so be provided.