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Notice given 7 August 2002

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.

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.