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Notice given 14 November 2002

923  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the recently-launched Australian Forestry Standard (AFS):

(1) Who decides whether a company or product receives an AFS certification label.

(2) By what process is an AFS certification application assessed.

(3) Is it only timber products that can receive AFS certification or can companies and government agencies receive AFS certification.

(4) Will companies involved in, or products produced from, logging of old-growth forests or clearing of rainforests anywhere in Australia be eligible for AFS certification.

(5) Will any logging operations, regional forest agreements or forest management plans anywhere in Australia be changed to any significant degree as a result of the introduction or awarding of AFS certification.

924  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Minister’s letter to Senator Nettle, dated 25 September 2002, regarding the Blacktown City Council’s proposal to purchase a block of remnant Cumberland Plain Woodland in Prospect, Western Sydney, and the Minister’s decision not to approve funding for this purchase, citing the block’s ‘degraded condition’ as a key factor: Can all the evidence used to establish that the land was in such a condition be provided.

925  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) How many illegal fishing boats have been detained in Darwin Harbour since 2000.

(2) How many people have been detained in relation to the detention of illegal fishing boats in Darwin Harbour.

(3) How many people have been charged in relation to illegal fishing boats in Darwin Harbour.

(4) How many of these vessels had cats or dogs on them.

(5) Who is responsible for the detection and handling of these animals.

(6) What is the process followed to detain or destroy these animals.

(7) How many cats or dogs have been detained or destroyed since 2000.

(8) How many cats or dogs have been allowed to remain on these boats.

(9) What explanation is there for these animals remaining on these boats.

926  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What funds has the Commonwealth given to Dungog and District Neighbour Care Inc.

(2) (a) How much funding was provided; and (b) under what program.

(3) Are these funds still available to Dungog and District Neighbour Care Inc.; if not, why not.

(4) If these funds are no longer available to Dungog and District Neighbour Care Inc., what has happened to these funds.

(5) Were the funds for Dungog and District Neighbour Care Inc. transferred to another service provider; if so: (a) why were they transferred; (b) to which service provider were they transferred; and (c) for what period of time.

927  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Are there plans to expand the Lancelin Defence Training Area.

(2) Are there plans to allow United States military forces to use the Lancelin Defence Training Area.

(3) Are there any risks to public health with such an expansion.

928  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) As the majority of burns victims from the recent tragedy in Bali were treated at the Burns Unit at Royal Perth Hospital, will the Commonwealth be providing any additional funding to the unit; if so, how much; if not, why not.

(2) Will any other additional funding be provided to Western Australia in light of the extraordinary demand on health services following the tragedy in Bali.

929  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) What was the reason for reducing funding to the Consumers’ Telecommunications Network.

(2) How much was its funding reduced (both as a percentage and the actual amount).