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Notice given 7 January 2003

1055  Senator Collins: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs—With reference to the recent reallocation of 1 030 Outside School Hours Care places (415 in September 2002 and a further 615 in December 2002) in Victoria to meet the state’s Vacation Care unmet demand of 1 750 places, as identified by the Victorian Family and Community Services office:

(1) (a) Which localities received the extra Vacation Care places; and (b) what was the number of places that each locality received.

(2) (a) From which localities and forms of care were the Outside School Hours Care places reallocated; and (b) what was the number of places that each locality and form of care gave up.

(3) (a) Which localities are still in need of Vacation Care places; and (b) what is the estimated unmet need for each of these localities.

(4) (a) What is the current number of Vacation Care places in each state as compared to other forms of Outside School Hours Care; and (b) what is the number of any recent reallocation of Outside School Hour Care places to Vacation Care in states other than Victoria, if any.

(5) If there has been any recent reallocation of Outside School Hour Care places to Vacation Care in states other than Victoria, for each state: (a) which localities received the extra Vacation Care places; (b) what was the number of Vacation Care places that each locality received; (c) from which localities and forms of care were the Outside School Hours Care places reallocated; (d) what was the number of places that each locality and form of care gave up; (e) which localities are still in need of Vacation Care places; and (f) what is the estimated unmet need for each of these localities.

(6) What was the methodology used to calculate the unmet demand for Vacation Care places.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1057-1059)—Has Roam Consulting done any work for the department or its agencies in the past 5 years; if so: (a) when; (b) what was the brief; (c) what were the main findings; (d) what was the cost; and (e) can a copy of any report be provided.

1057 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1058 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1059 Minister representing the Minister for Science

1060  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—Do the criteria for new Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) require the focus to be on filling gaps and avoiding duplication; if so, how does the Minister justify the allocation of funding to three new mining and mining-related CRCs and none to the Renewable Energy CRC.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1061-1064)—

(1) (a) What is the best current estimate of the cost of subsurface sequestration of carbon dioxide, separated into capture, compression, transport and storage; (b) on what evidence is this estimate based; and (c) does it take account of the loss of efficiency (energy cost) resulting from the sequestration process itself.

(2) (a) What is the meaning of ‘zero emissions coal’; and (b) what evidence is there that this is technically feasible.

(3) (a) What funding or other assistance has been given by the department or related agencies to research, develop or commercialise any aspect of subsurface sequestration in each year since 1995; and (b) on each occasion  what was: (i) the name of the recipient, (ii) the amount of funding or assistance, and (iii) the purpose of the grant or other assistance.

(4) Has subsurface sequestration been demonstrated or implemented overseas; if so, what aspects and where.

1061 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1062 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1063 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1064 Minister representing the Minister for Science

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1065-1068)—With reference to the priority goals for research announced by the Prime Minister:

(1) (a) Which technologies are included in the goal of ‘reducing and capturing emissions in transport and energy generation’; (b) specifically, are the following renewable energy technologies included: photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydrogen; and (c) are any renewable energy technologies excluded, in particular, those which do not result in the generation of power but replace power generation.

(2) (a) What range of activities is included in ‘capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide’; and (b) does it include biological sequestration such as in old-growth forests and geological sequestration.

(3) What was the recommendation of the expert advisory committee chaired by Dr Jim Peacock.

(4) Why is it that ‘capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide’ is specifically mentioned but renewable energy and energy efficiency are not.

(5) (a) What decisions have so far been influenced by the national research priorities; and (b) what guidelines or other information were given to the decision-makers in interpreting the priorities.

1065 Minister representing the Minister for Science

1066 Minister representing the Minister for Science

1067 Minister representing the Minister for Science

1068 Minister representing the Minister for Science

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1069-1071)—

(1) (a) Do plantation growers in Tasmania obtain a financial advantage compared with those in other states from being able to clear native vegetation to establish plantations; (b) has this benefit been quantified; and (c) how much is it.

(2) (a) Why is it that native forests can be cleared in Tasmania but not in any other state; and (b) what is the environmental and economic justification.

(3) Have other plantation growers complained about the situation in Tasmania; if so, who and when.

(4) (a) Is the Minister aware that 42 000 hectares of Tasmanian native forest on public and private land was cleared for plantations in the 2000-01 financial year and that Gunns Ltd alone has around 70 000 hectares of native forest on its own land which it intends to clear for plantations; and (b) what action will be taken to stop this destruction.

(5) What area of plantations was established under managed investment schemes for each state in each of the following financial years: (a) 2000-01; and (b) 2001-02.

(6) (a) Does the Government have any policy against using tax concessions to encourage the clearing of native vegetation; and (b) is the 13-month prepayment provision for plantations such a concession.

1069 Minister representing the Treasurer

1070 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1071 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

1072  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—Will the Government indemnify the family of Rola McCabe for legal costs incurred in taking action against British American Tobacco relating to her death.