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Notice given 27 February 2003

1219  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) (a) Can a list be provided of meetings in which the Government and/or the department discussed the financial situation facing the South Johnstone sugar mill in far north Queensland including dates and who was present; and (b) can a copy of the department’s minutes of the meetings be provided.

(2) (a) What due diligence or any other analysis of the financial situation facing South Johnstone Mill Limited did the Government undertake prior to agreeing to provide $3 375 000 in finance to the mill; and (b) can a copy of this analysis be provided.

(3) (a) What safeguards did the Government put in place prior to lending this money to ensure that taxpayers’ money would be repaid; and (b) can an outline of the terms of the financial agreement be provided.

(4) How much money was finally provided to finance South Johnstone Mill Limited; (b) when were these monies paid; (c) how much has been repaid and when did this occur; and (d) what is the Government doing to recoup outstanding monies.

(5) What action did the Government take when notified by CJ Cooper and Associates, solicitors for the Canegrowers Organisation, by facsimile on 5 July 2000 that advertising under the Cane Supply and Processing Agreement, dated 26 May 2000, had not been undertaken correctly as required under the Queensland Sugar Act 1999 ; and (b) what involvement did the Government have in this advertisement.

(6) As a creditor to South Johnstone Mill Limited, what involvement did the Government have in the sale of the mill to Bundaberg Sugar Limited; and (b) can a list be provided of meetings at which the sale of the South Johnstone mill was discussed, including dates and attendees.

(7) What proposals and options were considered prior to the sale of the South Johnstone sugar mill to Bundaberg Sugar.

(8) What involvement did the Government have in the March 2001 novation and amendment deed between South Johnstone Mill Limited, Canegrowers South Johnstone Mills Suppliers’ Committee, South Johnstone Mill Negotiating Team and Bundaberg Sugar Limited.

(9) Is the repayment of the Government finance to South Johnstone Mill dependent on the validity of this deed.

(10) Can copies of any advice, legal or other, received in relation to this deed be provided.

1225  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) Will the Treasurer ensure that the Energy Grants Credit Scheme (EGCS), which is to be introduced on 1 July 2003, has a substantial environmental component and that payments under the scheme are made only in respect of vehicles that meet strict environmental standards.

(2) Given that pollution from old diesel trucks is a major problem, particularly in the workplace, and that a growing number of companies are now demanding that delivery vehicles entering warehouse areas comply with Australian Design Rule 80/00 (low emission), with the Truck Industry Council attaching a large logo to all ADR 80/00 trucks identifying them as low emission vehicles): Will the Treasurer ensure that the EGCS supports the use of such vehicles.

1227  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the attack on Elsye Rumbiak Bonai and her 12-year old daughter, Mariana, in West Papua on 28 December 2002:

(1) (a) When was the Minister informed of the attack; and (b) was the Minister aware that Ms Bonai is the wife of the director of the Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy, Johannes Bonai.

(2) What was the involvement of the Indonesian Army in this attack.

(3) How was the attack carried out and who else was involved.

(4) What has the Australian Government done to help bring the attackers involved to justice, including ensuring a full and independent inquiry into the atrocity.

1228  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—Can a list be provided of names of the people who boarded the vessel known as SIEV X, indicating which of those people died.

1229  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) Is the Indonesian Justice Minister correct in saying that the Minister has not approached Indonesia to extradite Abu Quessai to Australia; if so, why did the Minister not approach the Indonesian Government.

(2) Why has the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police, Mr Keelty, not issued warrants as previously stated.

(3) Does Mr Keelty know: (a) the name of the vessel known as SIEV X; and (b) the names of the victims who died in the sinking of  SIEV X.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1237-1238)—Can details of the department’s expenditure on fisheries management and/or enforcement be provided, for each of the following financial years: (a) 2000-01; (b) 2001-02; and (c) 2002-03 to date.

1237 Minister for Defence