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Notice given 7 November 2002

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.

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.