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Notice given 10 March 2003

1252  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) Since October 2001, what briefings has the department, or any of its agencies, provided to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on the imposition of the ‘snap-back’ provision whereby Japan will impose an increased tariff on imported Australian beef.

(2) Were the briefings written or oral.

(3) In the case of oral briefings: (a) when did these briefings occur; (b) who attended each briefing; and (c) what records were kept of each briefing.

(4) If the advice was written, can a copy be provided.

(5) Since October 2001, what briefings has the department, or any of its agencies, provided to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry on the imposition of the snap-back.

(6) Were the briefings written or oral.

(7) In the case of oral briefings: (a) when did these briefings occur; (b) who attended each briefing; and (c) what records were kept of each briefing.

(8) If the advice was written, can a copy be provided.

(9) Since October 2001, what advice has the department, or any of its agencies, provided to members of the Australian beef industry, beef producer peak bodies or beef exporters in relation to the snap-back.

(10) Was the advice written or oral.

(11) In the case of written advice, can a copy of the advice be provided.

(12) In the case of oral advice: (a) when was the advice given; and (b) was the advice delivered face to face or by telephone or some other means.

(13) In the case of face-to-face advice: (a) who attended each meeting; and (b) what records were kept of each meeting.

(14) In the case of advice delivered by telephone or by some other means: (a) when was this advice given; (b) to whom was this advice given; and (c) what records were kept of each briefing.

(15) Since October 2001, has the department, or any of its agencies, met with officials from the United States of America, Canada, or New Zealand with a view to acting in conjunction with these nations in attempting to prevent the imposition by Japan of the snap-back.

(16) (a) When were these meetings conducted; (b) where were these meetings conducted; (c) what was the cost to the Commonwealth of these meetings; (d) what specifically was discussed at each meeting; (e) what was the outcome of each meeting; and (f) what records were kept of each meeting.

(17) Since October 2001, has the Minister met with his counterparts from the United States of America, Canada, or New Zealand with a view to acting in conjunction with these nations in attempting to prevent the imposition by Japan of the snap-back.

(18) (a) When were these meetings conducted; (b) where were these meetings conducted; (c) what was the cost to the Commonwealth of these meetings; (d) what specifically was discussed at each meeting; (e) what was the outcome of each meeting; and (f) what records were kept of each meeting.

(19) Since October 2001, has the department, or any of its agencies, offered any briefing to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry which was not accepted; if so, what was the reason given by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

(20) Since October 2001, has the Minister offered any briefing to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry which was not accepted; if so, what was the reason given by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

1253  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—With reference to the Gene Technology Information Service operated by Biotechnology Australia, which reports to senior Cabinet ministers including the Minister for a griculture Fisheries and Forestry:

(1) When was the service established.

(2) For each financial year since its establishment: (a) what has been the total amount of funding expended by the Commonwealth on the service; and (b) what proportion of the total costs of running the service has been borne by the department.

(3) What is the budgeted expenditure for the 2002-03 financial year.

(4) What has been the actual expenditure to date for the 2002-03 financial year.

(5) Which output area within the department is responsible for the service.

(6) Can a breakdown of direct and indirect costs be provided for each financial year since the service was established, including: (a) staff costs; (b) infrastructure costs (including maintenance); (c) telephone costs; (d) departmental costs; and (e) and any other costs.

(7) How does the service deliver information to customers who make inquiries of it.

(8) If the answer to (7) includes by telephone, what is the telephone number.

(9) Where the service delivers information to people who make inquiries of it in ways other than by telephone: (a) what methods are used by the service; and (b) how much has been spent by the service on each method for each financial year since its establishment.

(10) For each financial year since its establishment, how many inquiries were received by the service.

(11) What is the average response time for an inquiry, that is, what is the average time between when a customer makes an inquiry of the service and when the inquiry is considered by service to be complete.

(12) What are the hours of operation of the service.

(13) Have the hours of operation, or other operational details, altered since it was established; if so, can details these of changes be provided.

(14) What are the top 10 categories of customer inquiry to the service for each of the financial years since its establishment, breaking those categories into those who identify themselves as primary producers and those who do not.

(15) What media have been used to advertise the service or in some other way communicate to the public in order to make them aware that the service exists and what the role of the service is.

(16) For each financial year since its establishment, what has been the expenditure on advertising and other means used to communicate to the public in order to make them aware that the service exists and what the role of the service is.

1254  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—As at 1 March 2003, what is: (a) the term of appointment; and (b) the date of expiry of the appointment, of each departmental secretary and each head of a Commonwealth agency.