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Notice given 23 June 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1564-*1565)—

(1) (a) Does the Minister support the integrated management of surface run-off, river water and ground water, recognising that these systems are physically interconnected; and (b) will the Minister make this a pre-requisite for water reform through the Council of Australian Governments process.

(2) What steps are being taken to achieve integrated water management, including protection of the environment and common systems of allocating water so that switching between sources is accounted for.

*1564 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

*1565 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1566-*1567)—

(1) What analyses has the Government conducted in the past 5 years to determine the amount of energy lost in the transmission and distribution of electricity in Australia.

(2) (a) What is the amount of energy lost in transmission; (b) what is the amount of energy lost in distribution; and (c) what is the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

(3) How is the creation of a national electricity market affecting the amount of energy lost in transmission and distribution.

(4) What measures is the Government taking to reduce transmission and distribution losses.

*1566 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

*1567 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1568-*1569)—

(1) Why is the review of the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target Scheme required to report by the end of September 2003 when the legislation requires the review to be tabled by 1 April 2004.

(2) Has the Minister given any directions to the review panel as to how the review will be conducted; if so, can a copy of these directions be provided.

(3) Is there any reason why a list of meetings held by the panel should not be made public.

(4) Is there any reason why the panel should not publish a draft report for consultation before presenting its final report.

*1568 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

*1569 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

Senator Webber: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1570-*1575)—

(1) How many staff at the senior executive service (SES) level are employed in the department within Western Australia.

(2) Given Western Australia’s contribution to the nation’s economy, is the department adequately represented in Western Australia to ensure that development opportunities are maximised.

(3) Does the lack of senior Commonwealth departmental representatives or SES staff have a negative impact on Commonwealth program funds in Western Australia.

(4) Would Western Australia be advantaged by an increase in the number of SES staff located within the state.

*1570 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

*1571 Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

*1572 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

*1573 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

*1574 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

*1575 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism