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Notice given 7 November 2002

864  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Minister’s answer to question on notice no. 734:

(1) (a) When will the details of the full-time position at the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) be finalised; and (b) when will this position commence.

(2) Can the Minister confirm the commitment to fund this position was made without consideration of its budgetary impact; if consideration has been given to its budgetary impact, can details be provided.

(3) Will the Minister’s stated expectation that this position will facilitate communication with non-NFF member organisations be realised in the contract arrangements that create the position.

865  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the statement by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, ‘Commonwealth committed to drought funding’, issued on 6 November 2002:

(1) What method has the Minister used to calculate the ‘estimated $500 million’ cost to the Commonwealth consequential to the administration of the Farm Management Deposits Scheme (please provide the relevant data and calculations used to support the Minister’s estimate).

(2) In what year, or years, will the Commonwealth incur these estimated costs.

(3) How many farmers are accessing Farm Help welfare support as at 6 November 2002.

(4) Can information on farmers receiving Farm Help be provided, by local government area; if not, why not.

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

(1) When was the Commonwealth Task Force on Property Rights in Natural Resources formed.

(2) What is the purpose of the task force.

(3) What outcomes can be attributed to the task force’s work.

(4) When and where has the task force met.

(5) Which task force meetings have ministers and parliamentary secretaries, or their representatives, attended.

(6) Which Commonwealth departments and agencies are represented on the task force.

(7) What resources has the department provided to the task force.

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

(1) What assessment has been made of Australia’s actual environmental and economic loss from the incursion of marine pests.

(2) What assessment has been made of the potential environmental and economic loss from the incursion of marine pests.

(3) What contribution has the department made to the development of a national management system for managing marine pests.

(4) Which stakeholders have participated in the development of a national management system.

(6) When will a national management system be implemented.

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

(1) Has the department participated in negotiations with Indonesia in respect to the Memorandum of Understanding Box area off north-west Australia in any of the following financial years: (a) 1999-2000; (b) 2000-01; (c) 2001-02; and (d) 2002-03; if so, can details be provided of these negotiations, including dates, locations and participants.

(2) What changes to management arrangements, including access for Indonesian fishers, have resulted from these negotiations.

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

(1) What role did the department have in the development of: (a) the National Dairy Sustainability Strategy; and (b) the Regional Action Plan.

(2) Which stakeholders were involved in the development of: (a) the National Dairy Sustainability Strategy; and (b) the Regional Action Plan.

(3) When were the following finalised: (a) the National Dairy Sustainability Strategy; and (b) the Regional Action Plan.

(4) Can copies of the National Dairy Sustainability Strategy and Regional Action Plan be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Has the implementation of measures commenced under: (a) the National Dairy Sustainability Strategy; and (b) Regional Action Plan; if so, can details be provided.

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

(1) When did the Minister determine to outsource the administration of the National Food Industry Strategy to National Food Industry Limited.

(2) When was the company established.

(3) What is the structure of the company.

(4) What is the role of the company.

(5) What premises does the company occupy.

(6) What public funding will the company receive.

(7) What mechanisms are in place to ensure accountability for public expenditure.

(8) What role does the department have in the implementation of the National Food Industry Strategy.

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

(1) Has the department participated in negotiations with Indonesia in respect to Southern Bluefin Tuna in any of the following financial years: (a) 1999-2000; (b) 2000-01; (c)  2001-02; and (d) 2002-03; if so, can details be provided of these negotiations, including dates, locations and participants.

(2) What changes to management arrangements have resulted from these negotiations.

(3) What action has the Minister taken to encourage and facilitate Indonesia’s engagement in the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.

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

(1) How many additional Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service staff were recruited in the 2001-02 financial year.

(2) What was the cost of this recruitment.

(3) (a) How many of these staff completed training; and (b) what was the cost of that training.

(4) (a) In what geographic locations were these staff deployed; and (b) what activities did they undertake upon deployment.

(5) How many of these staff, if any, have: (a) resigned their employment; (b) had their employment terminated; and (c) transferred employment within the Australian Public Service.

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

(1) On what occasions has the Australian Indonesian Ministerial Forum Fisheries Working Group met and can details be provided of these meetings, including dates, locations and participants.

(2) What is the role of the Working Group.