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Notice given 11 November 2002

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

(1) How many bores tap into Great Artesian Basin ground water.

(2) (a) How many bores have been controlled under the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative; and (b) how many bores remain uncontrolled.

(3) How much artesian water is wasted each year through these uncontrolled bores.

(4) Has the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative resulted in any pressure recovery in the Great Artesian Basin.

(5) How many bore drains have been covered under the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative.

(6) How much artesian water is wasted each year through uncovered bore drains.

(7) What assessment has been made of the efficiency and effectiveness of the Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative.

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

(1) Has the department participated in an inter-departmental committee that drafted a scoping paper on the patentability of genetic material and genetic technologies; if so, can a copy of the scoping paper be provided; if not, why not.

(2) Which departments were represented on the inter-departmental committee.

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

(1) What recommendations were contained in the Rural Economic Services review of the AAA-Farm Management Deposit scheme, completed in June 2002.

(2) Have these recommendations been adopted by the Government; if so, when were the recommended changes adopted; if not, why have the recommendations been rejected.

(3) What did the review cost.

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

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

(1) What projects have been funded under the Fisheries Action Program.

(2) For each project, can the following information be provided: (a) grant date; (b) grant recipient; (c) registered address of grant recipient; and (d) full project description, including: (i) location, project commencement and conclusion dates, (ii) total funding, and (iii) evaluation results; and can any grants that were made despite the applications not meeting program application criteria be identified.

(3) What evaluation has been made of the effectiveness of the program.