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Notice given 15 August 2002

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

(1) What is the purpose of the Young People’s Rural Networks g rants program.

(2) What evaluation, if any, has been undertaken of the effectiveness of the program in achieving its purpose.

(3) (a) If an evaluation has been undertaken, what were its findings; and (b) if no evaluation has occurred, when will an evaluation take place.

(4) (a) How many rounds of the program have been conducted; and (b) how many rounds of the program are planned.

(5) (a) What is the total value of grants already awarded under the program; and (b) what is the total value of grants planned over the life of the program.

(6) How many applications have been received for each round of the program.

(7) How many grants have been made for each round of the program.

(8) What is the name and address of each organisation that has received grants under the program, and in which states/territories are these organisations active.

(9) In respect of each successful application: (a) when were grants received; (b) what was their value; and (c) for what purpose were they made.

(10) Who conducted the assessment of applications.

(11) Has every application been processed for assessment by the selection panel; if not, why not.

(12) As part of the assessment process, is each application scored and then ranked according to its merit.

(13) What is the highest possible score on the scoring system used to assess applications.

(14) (a) What was the highest score obtained by a successful applicant in each round of the program: and (b) what was the lowest score obtained by a successful applicant in each round of the program.

(15) What role does the Minister or his office play in the assessment and/or approval of grants under this program.

(16) Are successful applicants required to enter into a formal agreement with the department specifying a range of conditions on payment of the grant, including the right of the Commonwealth to audit expenditure; if so, what are these conditions.

(17) Has the Commonwealth conducted audits pursuant to the agreement between successful applicants and the department; if so, what percentage of successful applicants have been audited.

(18) Have the audits found breaches of grant expenditure conditions; if so, what percentage of these audits have revealed breaches.

(19) What action has been taken by the department on these adverse findings.

(20) Do the program guidelines allow for changes to the agreement between successful applicants and the department after the agreement has been signed.

(21) How many variations to these agreements, if any, have been permitted.

(22) What role does the Minister or his office play in the assessment and/or approval of variations to these agreements.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 535-536)—What action, if any, has the Minister or the department taken to protect or increase Australian wheat sales to Iraq in the 2002-03 financial year.

535 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

536 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

537  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) What volume and dollar value of wheat has Australia sold to Iraq in each of the following financial years: (a) 1990-91; (b) 1991-92; (c) 1992-93; (d) 1993-94; (e) 1994-95; (f) 1995-96; (g) 1996-97; (h) 1997-98; (i) 1999-2000; (j) 2000-01; and (k) 2001-02.

(2) What orders have been placed for the sale of Australian wheat to Iraq in the 2002-03 financial year and future years.

(3) What deliveries have been successfully completed in the 2002-03 financial year.

(4) What action, if any, has the Minister or the department taken to protect or increase Australian wheat sales to Iraq in the 2002-03 financial year.

(5) What other goods or services does Australia export to Iraq.

(6) What is the composition and value of these exports.

(7) How has the composition and value of these export changed since the 1990-91 financial year.

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

(1) Is the Minister aware of the farm crime survey released by the Australian Institute of Criminology on 13 August 2002, which found that 27 per cent of farms surveyed were victims of property crime.

(2) What action has the Minister taken to address the alarming incidence of property crime against farm businesses.

(3) How many cattle producers are registered as users of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS).

(4) Is the Minister aware of proposals to use the NLIS to discourage livestock theft.

(5) Does the NLIS maintain a register of lost or stolen cattle.

(6) What action, if any, has the department taken to investigate the NLIS as a means of reducing livestock theft, including improvements to existing database management.

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

(1) (a) When was the Commonwealth Foot and Mouth Disease Steering Committee formed; (b) why was it formed; (c) who is represented on the committee; (d) on what dates has the committee met; and (e) what activities has the committee undertaken.

(2) Has the representative composition of the committee changed since its formation; if so, can details be provided of the changes to the composition of the committee, including relevant dates, and the reason for each change.

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

(1) How many Australian primary producers currently hold deposits under the Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme.

(2) What is the total value of FMD holdings.

(3) Producers belonging to which industries are the biggest users of the FMD scheme.

(4) (a) What percentage of total deposits are held by producers from the grain industry; and (b) what is the value of these deposits.

(5) (a) What percentage of total deposits are held by producers from the horticultural industry; and (b) what is the value of these deposits.

(6) (a) What percentage of total deposits are held by producers from the livestock industry; and (b) what is the value of these deposits.

(7) What number of primary producers currently hold FMDs per state and territory.

(8) What was the value of FMD holdings per state and territory for the quarters ending: (a) June 2001; (b) September 2001; (c) December 2001; (d) March 2002; and (e) June 2002.

(9) What was the value of FMD withdrawals per state and territory for the quarters ending: (a) June 2001; (b) September 2001; (c) December 2001; (d) March 2002; and (e) June 2002.

(10) Since the inception of the FMD scheme, what is the value of holdings withdrawn within 12 months of deposit.

(11) What is the smallest FMD held by an individual producer.

(12) What is the largest FMD held by an individual producer.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 543-545)—

(1) Did the Minister, or the department, make high-level representations to the Sri Lankan Government in 2001 concerning Sri Lanka’s proposed ban on the importation of genetically-modified agricultural and food exports from Australia; if so, what was the outcome of those representations.

(2) Has the Minister, or the department, made equivalent high-level representations to the European Union or any other country on restrictions in the trade in genetically-modified agricultural and food exports from Australia; if so, what has been the outcome of those representations.

545 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

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

(1) With reference to the Minister’s public statement following his receipt of the report, The Australian Apple Industry Squeeze , in August 2001, does the Minister recall encouraging members of the apple industry to make greater use of the Agriculture - Advancing Australia (AAA)-FarmBis Program, AAA-Farm Innovation Program and AusIndustry’s Technology Diffusion Program; if so, did the Minister’s encouragement extend beyond issuing a media statement on 7 August 2001 and what form did that encouragement take.

(2) How many members of the apple industry received, or will receive, assistance under the AAA-FarmBis program in the following financial years: (a) 1997-98; (b) 1998-99; (c) 1999-2000; (d) 2001-02; and (e) 2002-03.

(3) Did applications for the fourth and final funding round of the AAA-Farm Innovation Program close on 31 October 2001.

(4) (a) How many applications were received from members of the apple industry in this round; and (b) how many apple businesses, if any, received funding.

(5) Can the Minister advise whether the Technology Diffusion Program he encouraged apple industry members to use, still exists; if it does, how many members of the apple industry are in receipt of its assistance.

(6) If the program does not exist, can the Minister advise: (a) when the program ceased to exist; and (b) whether any members of the apple industry gained assistance from this program between his statement on 7 August 2001 and its abolition.

(7) Can the Minister advise if the report, The Australian Apple Industry Squeeze , is published on the department’s Internet site; if so, at what Internet address is the report publicly available; if not, was the report previously published on the department’s Internet site; if this was the case, for what period was the report available and who decided to remove it from the site.

(8) Did the Minister take any action in response to the report other than referring it to the Minister for Justice and Customs.

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

(1) Has the Minister written to state treasurers and/or premiers outlining proposed administrative and funding changes to the Exceptional Circumstances (EC) Program discussed at the May meeting of the Primary Industries Ministerial Council; if so, when did the Minister write to: (a) New South Wales; (b) Queensland; (c) Victoria; (d) Western Australia; (e) South Australia; and (f) Tasmania.

(2) Has the Minister received replies to his correspondence from state treasurers and/or premiers; if so, when did the Minister receive replies from: (a) New South Wales; (b) Queensland; (c) Victoria; (d) Western Australia; (e) South Australia; and (f) Tasmania.

(3) Have any state treasurers and/or premiers agreed to accept the Minister’s proposed changes to the program.

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

(1) What percentage of incoming sea containers were inspected by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) in the following financial years: (a) 2000-01; (b) 1999-2000; (c) 1998-99; (d) 1997-98; and (e) 1996-97.

(2) What number of AQIS inspections of sea containers occurred in each of the identified years.

(3) What percentage of these AQIS inspections in each of these years involved opening the sea containers.

(4) What percentage of these AQIS inspections in each of these years involved opening and inspecting the individual cargo items inside the sea containers.

(5) What percentage of incoming air containers were inspected by the AQIS in the following financial years: (a) 2000-01; (b) 1999-2000; (c) 1998-99; (d) 1997-98; and (e) 1996-97.

(6) What number of AQIS inspections of air containers occurred in each of the identified years.

(7) What percentage of these AQIS inspections in each of these years involved opening the air containers.

(8) What percentage of these AQIS inspections in each of these years involved opening and inspecting the individual cargo items inside the air containers.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 550-551)—

(1) What actions, if any, did the Minister take before 9 August 2002 to encourage the United States of America (US) to increase the beef quota allocation available to Australian beef exporters.

(2) What actions, if any, has the Minister taken since 9 August 2002 to encourage the US to increase the beef quota allocation available to Australian beef exporters.

(3) What actions, if any, does the Minister propose to take to encourage the US to increase the beef quota allocation available to Australian beef exporters.

550 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

551 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

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

(1) Is the Minister aware of the drought investment allowance that encouraged primary producers and lessors of property to primary producers to invest in drought mitigation property between 23 March 1995 and 1 July 2000.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that the drought investment allowance does not provide any benefit for the purchase of drought mitigation property by primary producers and lessors of property to primary producers after 1 July 2000.

(3) How many primary producers and lessors of property to primary producers have taken advantage of the investment allowance.

(4) Has any research been undertaken into the effectiveness of the drought investment allowance in encouraging primary producers and lessors of property to primary producers to invest in drought mitigation property; if so, who conducted the research and what were the results; if not, why not.

(5) Does the Minister recall advising primary producers on 6 December 1999 that the Government is committed to retaining all tax concessions specific to primary producers, including the drought investment allowance.

(6) What are details of any programs that provide taxation or other financial benefits for the purchase of drought mitigation property by primary producers and lessors of property to primary producers after 1 July 2000.

553  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) What was the total cost of the drought investment allowance.

(2) What was the cost, by state and territory, of the drought investment allowance in the following financial years: (a) 1995-96; (b) 1996-97; (c) 1997-98; (d) 1998-99; (e) 1999-2000; and (f) 2000-01.

(3) How many primary producers and lessors of property to primary producers have gained a benefit under the drought investment allowance.

(4) How many primary producers or lessors of property to primary producers, by state and territory, gained a benefit in the following financial years: (a) 1995-96; (b) 1996-97; (c) 1997-98; (d) 1998-99; (e) 1999-2000; and (f) 2000-01.

(5) What are the details of any programs that provide taxation benefits for the purchase of drought mitigation property by primary producers and lessors of property to primary producers after 1 July 2000.

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

(1) Has funding for the Agriculture - Advancing Australia (AAA)-Farm Innovation Program now ceased.

(2) Did the department undertake an evaluation of the program in October 2001; if so: (a) who conducted the evaluation; (b) how was the program evaluated; and (c) what were the results of the evaluation; if not, why not.

(2) Did the government agree to a framework for evaluation of the AAA package in April 2001; if so, what are the details of the agreed framework.

(3) Has the department commenced an evaluation of the AAA package; if so: (a) when did the evaluation commence; (b) who is conducting the evaluation; (c) how will the package be evaluated; and (d) when will the evaluation be completed.

(4) How much has been budgeted for the evaluation.

(5) Will state and territory governments, local governments, other stakeholders and users of AAA package programs be consulted; if so, which state and territory governments, local governments, other stakeholders and users stakeholders will be consulted.