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Notice given 7 November 2002

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 for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—

(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.

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.