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Notice given 13 March 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1257-1261)—

(1) Has the Government of the United States of America approached the Australian Government asking for a contribution to, or cooperation with, FutureGen, a proposal to build a coal-fired power station that purportedly emits no carbon dioxide; if so: (a) what was the request; and (b) when was it made.

(2) Does the Government support FutureGen.

(3) Has the Government committed funding, or other support, to FutureGen; if so, can details be provided.

(4) Has the Government committed funding, or other support, to any other international project relating to the capture, transport and underground storage of carbon dioxide; if so, can details be provided.

(5) Will the Government attend the meeting to be held by the Bush Administration at the end of June 2003 to discuss FutureGen and other efforts to store carbon dioxide underground; if so: (a) what is the purpose and agenda for the meeting; and (b) who will attend the meeting.

1257 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1258 Minister representing the Treasurer

1259 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1260 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1261 Minister representing the Minister for Science

1262  Senator Ferris: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Recent media articles have suggested that the Namatjira Avenue Housing Commission settlement near Dareton in New South Wales has encountered further economic difficulties with few employment opportunities particularly for young people. The Minister would be aware that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission established this community as a model example of new opportunities in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander living: (a) Does the Minister agree that there appears to be a substantial breakdown in community standards, law and order and work opportunities; (b) is Dareton an isolated instance of the problems that can arise in those Aboriginal communities that are some distance from non-indigenous centres and that have limited employment opportunities; and (c) are there any special measures that the Federal Government can take to assist with the problems in settlements such as Dareton.

(2) Given that the Australian Bureau of Statistics report on Housing and Infrastructure in Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Communities has revealed that there are 1 216 remote indigenous communities in Australia and that many of these settlements are in desperate need of infrastructure such as housing, education and health: Are there any measures being considered by the Federal Government to assist these small and often remote aboriginal communities.

1263  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) With reference to section 18 of the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 , which allows the Government to impose conditions on tobacco advertising at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix: What conditions were set for the March 2003 race; if no conditions were set, why not.

(2) Given the Government’s announcement some time ago that this exemption from the Act would be phased out by October 2006: (a) what form will the ‘phasing out’ take; and (b) when will it commence.

(3) Given that an exemption from the Act relies on a case being made for economic hardship: Was the case for economic hardship made in respect of the March 2003 race; if so, can details be provided; if not, why was an exemption granted.

(4) Given that the European Commission has determined that there will be no tobacco advertising or sponsorship of formula one races from 2005: Will Australia follow suit; if not, why not.