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Notice given 13 November 2002

909  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the media statement released by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on 6 November 2002, concerning Commonwealth drought assistance:

(1) How much of the claimed ‘$800 million to Agriculture Advancing Australia programs’ has been expended on these programs.

(2) How much of the expended funding has been expended on: (a) advertising and/or promotion; (b) communication programs; and (c) departmental and/or program administration.

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

(1) Has an evaluation of the New Industries Development Program been conducted; if so, when was the evaluation report presented to the Minister.

(2) Does the evaluation report contain recommendations on changes to the program; if so, what changes does the evaluation report recommend.

(3) Can a copy of the evaluation report be provided; if not, why not.

(4) Has the Minister developed a response to the evaluation.

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

(1) With which countries and/or groups of countries does Australia have memoranda of understanding on veterinary health and/or phytosanitary matters.

(2) (a) With which countries and/or groups of countries have negotiations on memoranda of understanding on veterinary health and/or phytosanitary matters concluded since June 2001; and (b) what new trade opportunities have resulted.

(3) (a) With which countries and/or groups of countries is Australia currently negotiating memoranda of understanding on veterinary health and/or phytosanitary matters; and (b) in each case, when are these negotiations expected to conclude.

912  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the visit by the Minister to Sweden and Denmark in June 2002:

(1) When did the Minister: (a) depart Australia; and (b) return to Australia.

(2) Who travelled with the Minister.

(3) Who met the cost of the participants’ travel and other expenses associated with the trip.

(4) If costs were met by the department, can an itemised list of costs be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Who did the Minister meet during his visit, and what were the times and dates of each meeting.

913  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 Sweden and Denmark in June 2002:

(1) What travel costs and other associated expenses, if any, were met by the department in respect of the Minister and his staff.

(2) What were these costs per expenditure item for: (a) the Minister; and (b) the Minister’s staff.

(3) What other costs, if any, were met by the department in relation to the trip.

914  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, Korea and the Philippines in January and February 2002:

(1) When did the Minister: (a) depart Australia; and (b) return to Australia.

(2) Who travelled with the Minister.

(3) Who met the cost of the participants’ travel and other expenses associated with the trip.

(4) If costs were met by the department, can an itemised list of costs be provided; if not, why not.

(4) Who did the Minister meet during his visit, and what were the times and dates of each meeting.

915  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, Korea and the Philippines in January and February 2002:

(1) What travel costs and other associated expenses, if any, were met by the department in respect of the Minister and his staff.

(2) What were these costs per expenditure item for: (a) the Minister; and (b) the Minister’s staff.

(3) What other costs, if any, were met by the department in relation to the trip.

916  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to page 95 of the department’s annual report for 2001-02:

(1) What contribution did the department make to the development and implementation of the joint government/industry strategy to influence the development of the new United States Farm Bill.

(2) What are the details of the strategy.

(3) What assessment has been made of the success of the strategy.

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

(1) Has an evaluation of the Food and Fibre Chains Program been conducted; if so, when was the evaluation report presented to the Minister.

(2) Does the evaluation report contain recommendations on changes to the program; if so, what changes does the evaluation report recommend.

(3) Can a copy of the evaluation report be provided; if not, why not.

(4) Has the Minister developed a response to the evaluation.

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

(1) What is the purpose of the Australia-Indonesia Horticulture and Agribusiness Support Systems Task Force.

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

(3) Who has represented Australia at these meetings.

919  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(1) Has a review of the Fisheries Resources Research Fund been undertaken.

(2) When did the review: (a) commence; and (b) conclude.

(3) Who undertook the review.

(4) What were the terms of reference for the review.

(5) Can a copy of the review report be provided; if not, why not.

(6) What changes to the management of the fund did the report recommend.

(7) Have all these recommendations been adopted; if not, which recommendations have been rejected, and why.

920  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) When was the decision taken to sink HMAS Brisbane off the Sunshine Coast in Queensland as a recreational dive-wreck.

(2) Was there any consultation with the Queensland Government prior to the decision being taken; if consultation did occur: (a) who was consulted; and (b) what was the nature of that consultation.

(3) Were any other parties consulted prior to the decision being taken; if other parties were consulted: (a) who was consulted; and (b) what was the nature of that consultation.

(4) Is there an established process for determining whether decommissioned navy vessels are to be sunk off the Australian coast as recreational dive-wrecks.

(5) (a) What was the total cost of decommissioning the HMAS Brisbane ; and (b) what will it cost to sink the vessel as a recreational dive-wreck.

(6) Did any other jurisdictions express an interest in having the HMAS  Brisbane ; if so: (a) which jurisdictions expressed an interest; and (b) on what basis was the Sunshine Coast chosen as an appropriate location for the wreck.

(7) Did the Queensland Government raise any concerns about the decision to sink the HMAS Brisbane off the Sunshine Coast after the decision was taken; if so, what was the nature of those concerns.

(8) (a) Has any consultation with the Queensland Government occurred since the decision was taken to sink HMAS Brisbane off the Sunshine Coast; and (b) have any other parties been considered since the decision was taken.

921  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) (a) In which peacekeeping missions have Australian military forces participated since the end of World War II: (i) under the auspices of the United Nations, (ii) under multilateral arrangements, and (iii) under bilateral arrangements; and (b) in each case: (i) what was the period of involvement, and (ii) how many personnel were engaged on each mission.

(2) Which missions have been covered by: (a) Schedule 2; or (b) Schedule 3, of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 .

(3) For each mission covered by the Act, how many claims for disability compensation have been accepted at: (a) the general rate; and (b) the special rate.

(4) For each mission, how many lives were lost.

(5) (a) Which missions remain current; and (b) how many personnel are engaged.

(6) (a) How many missions involving Australian Defence Force service overseas have there been in the same period involving the delivery of humanitarian assistance; and (b) in each case how many personnel participated.

(7) Service in which peacekeeping missions is eligible for the recently-announced certificates of appreciation to be issued to peacekeepers under the ‘Saluting Their Service’ program.

922  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—

(1) What are the basis and criteria upon which TEST Energy’s proposed Brighton incinerator in Tasmania qualified for major project facilitation (MPF) status in October 2002.

(2) Is documentation concerning the MPF status of the incinerator proposal public information; if so, can a copy of the documentation be provided; if not, why not.

(3) Is the incineration of residual plastics considered a renewable source of energy.