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Notice given 15 October 2002

777  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—What plans, if any, does the Government have to celebrate the International Year of Fresh Water in 2003, particularly given the importance of fresh water to Australia.

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

(1) (a) Was the Minister or his office contacted by the proponents of a steel profiling plant at Moruya, New South Wales, listed in the Dairy Regional Assistance Program project summary of round 6 for the 2001-02 financial year; and (b) was the Minister or his office contacted by any person on behalf of the proponents of the above project.

(2) Was the Minister or his office contacted by the Federal Member for Eden Monaro (Mr Nairn) in relation to the above project.

(3) Was the Minister or his office contacted by any member of the South East New South Wales Area Consultative Committee in relation to the above project.

(4) Was the Minister or his office contacted by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, or his staff, or officers of the Department of Transport and Regional Services in relation to the above project.

(5) With reference to any contact by the persons listed above with the Minister or his office: (a) when did each communication take place; (b) who was involved in each communication; (c) what was the nature of each communication; (d) what was the form of each communication; and (e) which officers from the department were involved in any way in these contacts.

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

(1) (a) Was the Minister or his office contacted by Australian Solar Timbers about an application for funding through the Dairy Regional Assistance Program for the development of a short floor manufacturing project in Kempsey; and (b) was the Minister or his office contacted by any person on behalf of the proponents of the above project.

(2) Was the Minister or his office contacted by the Federal Member for Lyne (Mr Vaile) in relation to the above project.

(3) Was the Minister or his office contacted by any member of Australia’s Holiday Coast Area Consultative Committee in relation to the above project.

(4) Was the Minister or his office contacted by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, or his staff, or officers of the Department of Transport and Regional Services in relation to the above project.

(5) With reference to any contact by the persons listed above with the Minister or his office: (a) when did each communication take place; (b) who was involved in each communication; (c) what was the nature of each communication; (d) what was the form of each communication; and (e) which officers from the department were involved in any way in these contacts.

780  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 353 (Senate Hansard , 19 August 2002, p. 3166):

(1) If there are no provisions or processes to review or investigate possible breaches of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority Code of Conduct, what are the guidelines or rules against which breaches of the code are reviewed or investigated.

(2) On how many occasions since January 2000 have breaches of the code been referred to an authorised officer or manager.

(3) In each case: (a) when was the matter referred to the authorised officer or manager; (b) who was the authorised officer or manager; (c) what action did the authorised officer or manager take; (d) was external legal advice sought; and (e) when was the matter concluded.

781  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 355 (Senate Hansard , 19 August 2002, p. 3166): Have any legal costs been incurred by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in relation to any investigation or review of any actions allegedly in breach of the Code of Conduct since January 2000; if so, on each occasion: (a) what was the cost of the legal advice; (b) when was the legal advice provided; (c) what was the nature of the legal advice; and (d) who provided the legal advice.

782  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answers to questions on notice nos 354 and 357 (Senate Hansard , 19 August 2002, pp. 3166-7): Is the Minister advising that there is no record of legal advice of alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct that can be made available to the Parliament.

783  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) What is the number of students who enrolled in the computer science first degree course at the Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, for the years: (a) 2000; (b) 2001; and (c) 2002.

(2) What percentage of students at the university attained a qualification in this degree in each of the above years.

(3) Does the Minister have any evidence of falsification of results that conceals inadequate tutoring in technical computer subjects at the university.

784  Senator Cherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) (a) How many projects have applied for approval under the Regional Solutions Program; (b) how many have been approved; and (c) how many have been rejected.

(2) For each federal electorate:

(a) what was the total number of projects applied for and the total value of grants applied for;

(b) what was the total number of projects approved and the value of those grants; and

(c) what was the total number of projects rejected and the value of those grants.

(3) What projects has the Minister approved which were not recommended for approval by the advisory committee.

(4) What projects has the Minister rejected which had been recommended for approval by the advisory committee.

(5) What projects were approved by the Minister without reference to the advisory committee.

785  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the rejection of the Blacktown City Council’s application of August 2000 for funding under the National Reserve System Program to purchase the Remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland at Lot 101, DP 863828, Norman Street, Prospect:

(1) Could the Minister outline the reasons for the rejection of this funding application.

(2) When making his determination, was the Minister aware that the Norman Street bushland had been given a Category A rating in stage one of the Western Sydney Native Vegetation Mapping project as carried out by the National Parks and Wildlife Service; if so, what weight did this carry; if not, would the Minister be willing to reconsider the grant application again in the light of this information.

(3) When making his determination, was the Minister aware that the Norman Street bushland adjoins a 3 hectare parcel of land that provides for a habitat corridor, which, if fragmented, would become ecologically unsustainable; if so, what weight did this carry; if not, would the Minister be willing to reconsider the grant application again in the light of this information.

(4) When making his determination, was the Minister aware that the Blacktown Council, in conjunction with the Upper Parramatta River Catchment Trust, has conducted various studies that clearly identify the Norman Street Bushland as containing one of the most significant areas of remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland in this area; if so, what weight did this carry; if not, would the Minister be willing to reconsider the grant application again in the light of this information.

(5) When making his determination, was the Minister aware of the thousands of work hours invested into the bushland by the local community; if so, what weight did this carry; if not, would the Minister be willing to reconsider the grant application again in the light of this information.

(6) When making his determination, was the Minister aware that only 3 per cent of Cumberland Plain remains in the Upper Parramatta catchment; if so, what weight did this carry; if not, would the Minister be willing to reconsider the grant application again in the light of this information.

(7) Can details of the community consultation that took place during the decision-making process be provided.

786  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the rejection of the Blacktown City Council’s application of August 2000 for funding under the National Reserve System Program to purchase the Remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland at Lot 101, DP 863828, Norman Street, Prospect:

(1) How many applications for National Heritage Trust funding have been received from each of the following federal electorates: (a) Prospect; (b) Macquarie; (c) Parramatta; (d) Macarthur; (e) Lindsay; and (f) Mitchell.

(2) For each of the above electorates: (a) how many of these applications have been successful; and (b) if any of these applications have been successful, how much funding has been granted.

787  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the rejection of the Blacktown City Council’s application of August 2000 for funding under the National Reserve System Program to purchase the Remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland at Lot 101, DP 863828, Norman Street, Prospect:

Given that, in a letter listing some of the reasons for the rejection of the application, Dr David Kay (Assistant Secretary, Parks Australian South) mentioned that the Land and Environment Court rejected a 55-lot development application by the owner of the land:

(1) Is the Minister now aware that the court is now considering a 26-lot application by the owner.

(2) Given this new information, will the Minister reconsider the funding application.

(3) Will the Minister reconsider the funding application if the 26-lot application is successful.

788  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Who is the correct person to contact and what is the procedure for residents who have been badly affected by aircraft activities or ordnance training in the vicinity of the Lancelin Defence Training Area in Western Australia.

(2) Is there a procedure to follow for residents to recover the cost of repair of any damage caused to houses as a result of training exercises.

789  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the growing concern about the conservation status of the population of Dusky Whaler Sharks, Carcharhinus obscurus , off the Western Australian coast:

(1) How many Dusky Whaler Sharks are taken off the Western Australian coast by Commonwealth fisheries.

(2) Has this information been provided to the Western Australian Department of Fisheries; if not, why not.

(3) What steps is the Australian Fisheries Management Authority taking to manage the by-catch of Dusky Whaler Sharks in the Commonwealth fisheries operating off Western Australia, and in accordance with the National Plan of Action for Sharks.

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

(1) What forms of economic protection has the European Union (EU) provided to EU sugar cane producers since 1985.

(2) What meetings has the Minister, or any of his predecessors, had since March 1996 with officials of the EU in order to lobby for the reduction of EU economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(3) When was each meeting held.

(4) Where was each meeting held.

(5) Who attended each meeting.

(6) What records were kept of each meeting.

(7) What meetings has the Minister, or any of his predecessors, had since March 1996 with officials of the World Trade Organization in order to lobby for the reduction of EU economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(8) When was each meeting held.

(9) Where was each meeting held.

(10) Who attended each meeting.

(11) What records were kept of each meeting.

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

(1) What approaches has the Minister, or any of his predecessors, had since March 1996 from the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, his predecessors, or officials of his department, requesting that the Australian Minister for Trade lobby the European Union (EU) for a reduction in economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(2) When was each meeting held.

(3) Where was each meeting held.

(4) Who attended each meeting.

(5) What records were kept of each meeting.

(6) What approaches has the Minister, or any of his predecessors, had since March 1996 from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, his predecessors, or officials of his department, requesting that officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade lobby the EU for a reduction in economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(7) When was each meeting held.

(8) Where was each meeting held.

(9) Who attended each meeting.

(10) What records were kept of each meeting.

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

(1) What approaches have been made since March 1996 by the Minister, or any of his predecessors, to the Minister for Trade, or his predecessors, requesting that the Australian Minister for Trade lobby the European Union (EU) for a reduction in economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(2) When was each meeting held.

(3) Where was each meeting held.

(4) Who attended each meeting.

(5) What records were kept of each meeting.

(6) What approaches have been made since March 1996 by the Minister, or any of his predecessors, requesting that the officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade lobby the EU for a reduction in economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(7) When was each meeting held.

(8) Where was each meeting held.

(9) Who attended each meeting.

(10) What records were kept of each meeting.

793  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What approaches has the Minister, or any of his predecessors, had since March 1996 from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, his predecessors, or officials of his department, requesting that the Minister for Foreign Affairs lobby the European Union (EU) for a reduction in economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(2) When was each meeting held.

(3) Where was each meeting held.

(4) Who attended each meeting.

(5) What records were kept of each meeting.

(6) What approaches has the Minister, or any of his predecessors, had since March 1996 from the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, his predecessors, or officials of his department, requesting that officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade lobby the EU for a reduction in economic protection of EU sugar cane growers.

(7) When was each meeting held.

(8) Where was each meeting held.

(9) Who attended each meeting.

(10) What records were kept of each meeting.

794  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Since 1999, what programs have been conducted by, or sponsored by, Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia in order to provide incentives to Australian industry to value-add (by way of processing) to lower quality saw logs.

(2) Who conducted each program.

(3) When did each program start.

(4) When did each program finish.

(5) Of those programs not yet finished, when are they expected to be completed.

(6) How much has the Commonwealth expended on each program?

(7) What new types of commodity manufacturing have occurred as a directly attributable result of these programs.

(8) How many full-time jobs have been created as a result of the manufacturing of new commodities directly attributable to these programs.

(9) For each financial year since 1999, what has been the export value of manufactured commodities as a direct result of these programs.

(10) For each of the next 5 financial years, what is the annual projected export value of each of these new types of commodity manufacturing that have developed as a directly attributable result of these programs.

795  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Since 1999, how many meetings have been held between Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia, or its relevant predecessor, and the relevant state government departments to coordinate Commonwealth and state environmental legislation in relation to plantation forestry.

(2) Who attended each meeting.

(3) What was discussed at each meeting.

(4) What records were kept of each meeting.

796  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Since 1999, what research programs have been conducted by or sponsored by Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry Australia (AFFA) in order to examine the potential of coal/woodchip blending to reduce emissions from power stations.

(2) Who conducted each program.

(3) When did each program start.

(4) When did each program finish.

(5) Of those programs not yet finished, when are they expected to be completed.

(6) How much has the Commonwealth expended on each program.

(7) Since 1999, what research programs have been conducted by or sponsored by AFFA in order to undertake comparative life-cycle analyses of wood products compared with other building materials, looking specifically at greenhouse gas implications and providing results that can be used for carbon accounting.

(8) Who conducted each program.

(9) When did each program start.

(10) When did each program finish.

(11) Of those programs not yet finished, when are they expected to be completed.

(12) How much has the Commonwealth expended on each program.

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

(1) Can the Minister advise what meetings he, or his predecessor, has conducted since 1999 with international counterparts in order to increase market access for Australian manufactured wood and forestry products.

(2) Who attended each meeting.

(3) What was the outcome of each meeting.

(4) What records were kept of each meeting.

(5) Would the Minister advise what meetings he, or his predecessor, has conducted since 1999 with international counterparts in order to increase market access for Australian non-manufactured wood and forestry products.

(6) Who attended each meeting.

(7) What was the outcome of each meeting.

(8) What records were kept of each meeting.

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

(1) How many Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) staff directly involved in the procedures of X-raying and otherwise examining passenger luggage were posted at Kingsford Smith Airport during each week of the following months: (a) June 2002; (b) July 2002; (c) August 2002; and (d) September 2002.

(2) How many AQIS staff directly involved in the procedures of X-raying and otherwise examining passenger luggage were posted at Kingsford Smith Airport during each week of the following months: (a) June 2001; (b) July 2001; (c) August 2001; and (d) September 2001.

(3) How many passengers had their luggage X-rayed or otherwise examined by officers of AQIS at Kingsford Smith Airport during each week of the following months: (a) June 2002; (b) July 2002; (c) August 2002; and (d) September 2002.

(4) How many passengers had their luggage X-rayed or otherwise examined by officers of AQIS at Kingsford Smith Airport during each week of the following months: (a) June 2001; (b) July 2001; (c) August 2001; and (d) September 2001.

(5) What percentage of passengers had their luggage X-rayed or otherwise examined of by officers of AQIS at Kingsford Smith Airport during each week of the following months: (a) June 2002; (b) July 2002; (c) August 2002; and (d) September 2002.

(6) What percentage of passengers had their luggage X-rayed or otherwise examined of by officers of AQIS at Kingsford Smith Airport during each week of the following months: (a) June 2001; (b) July 2001; (c) August 2001; and (d) September 2001.