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Notice given 13 November 2002

909  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the media statement released by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, on 6 November 2002, concerning Commonwealth drought assistance:

(1) How much of the claimed ‘$800 million to Agriculture Advancing Australia programs’ has been expended on these programs.

(2) How much of the expended funding has been expended on: (a) advertising and/or promotion; (b) communication programs; and (c) departmental and/or program administration.

916  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to page 95 of the department’s annual report for 2001-02:

(1) What contribution did the department make to the development and implementation of the joint government/industry strategy to influence the development of the new United States Farm Bill.

(2) What are the details of the strategy.

(3) What assessment has been made of the success of the strategy.