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Notice given 14 October 2002

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

(1) Is the Minister aware that, at Sandford, Tasmania, 30 minutes out of the central business district of Hobart, Telstra has informed residents that they will not be given access to high-speed Internet services for an indefinite period of time.

(2) Is the Minister aware that this is hindering the efforts of residents to establish home-based small business operations.

(3) What does the Minister intend to do to remedy this situation.

774  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the case of Mr Lazar Kalaba and his claim for compensation to the International Organization for Migration following the loss of his family’s property during the Second World War.

(2) Is the Minister aware that, through the course of Australian Government involvement in Mr Kalaba’s application for property compensation, on official Australian documents, the name of the concentration camp Mr Kalaba was interred in was changed from ‘Sarvar’ to ‘Sirvir’ and his year of incarceration was changed from 1942 to 1943, hence rendering his application to the organization invalid.

(3) What will the Minister do to amend this inaccuracy so that Mr Kalaba can continue to pursue his compensation claim.

775  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Has the Prime Minister received correspondence from the Deputy Prime Minister concerning the future of the Australian Greenhouse Office; if so: (a) what was the date of that letter; and (b) did that correspondence recommend that the Australian Greenhouse Office be split.

(2) (a) What functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose be handed over to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; (b) what functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose be transferred to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources; and (c) what functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose be retained by Environment Australia.

(3) If the Deputy Prime Minister did not propose that the Australian Greenhouse Office be split and transferred, what future did he propose for it.

(4) Has the Prime Minister responded to the Deputy Prime Minister’s correspondence concerning the future of the Australian Greenhouse Office; if so, what was his response to the proposal.

776  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Has the Deputy Prime Minister written to the Prime Minister concerning the future of the Australian Greenhouse Office; if so, what was the date of that letter.

(2) Did the Deputy Prime Minister’s letter propose that the functions of the Australian Greenhouse Office be split.

(3) (a) What functions of the Australian Greenhouse Office did the Deputy Prime Minister propose to be transferred to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; (b) what functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose to be transferred to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources; and (c) what functions did the Deputy Prime Minister propose be left within the jurisdiction of Environment Australia.

(4) If the Deputy Prime Minister did not propose that the Australian Greenhouse Office be split, what did he propose concerning its future.