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Notice given 3 December 2002

980  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Is the Government examining options for tracking livestock via systems such as a national livestock identification system.

(2) Which identification systems has the Government examined in the past 5 years.

(3) What was the quantum of funding spent by the department during each of the past 5 financial years on feasibility studies on national livestock identification systems.

(4) What was the quantum of funding spent by the department on feasibility studies of each system examined in past 5 financial years.

(5) Is the Minister aware of any meetings between the department, and state and territory departments on the issue of a national approach to livestock identification in the past 2 years.

(6) (a) When did these meetings occur; (b) who attended each meeting; (c) what was discussed at each meeting; and (d) what records have been kept of the discussion at these meetings.