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Notice given 5 June 2003

1487  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What are the reasons for the length of time taken for the Federal Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and the Federal Government to reach agreement with the New South Wales Government in regard to leasing New South Wales interstate rail track for 60 years in exchange for various commitments, including an investment package of $870 on the interstate rail network over 5 years.

(2) Of the $870 million, how much of the figure is actually budgeted for in: (a) the 2002-03 Federal Budget; and (b) the 2003-04 Federal Budget.

(3) Is the Commonwealth prepared to lift its actual financial contribution to the investment package in order to secure an agreement: (a) if not, why not; and (b) if so, is it prepared to consider funding at the level of the Keating Government’s 1992 to 1995 rail capital works program of approximately $450 million.

(4) Is the Commonwealth prepared to fund advanced planning of major rail deviations between Junee and Campbelltown in a manner similar to long-standing Commonwealth full funding of advanced planning of major national highway system deviations.

(5) What projects are in the present $870 million package that are additional to the work identified in the ARTC track audit’s $507 million package.

1488  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Heritage Protection Act 1984 :

(1) On how many occasions have declarations been made under section 9 of the Act in relation to the protection of Aboriginal areas from injury or desecration since: (a) the Act commenced; and (b) the Howard Government came to power in 1996.

(2) On how many occasions have declarations been made under section 10 of the Act in relation to the protection of Aboriginal areas from injury or desecration since: (a) the Act commenced; and (b) the Howard Government came to power in 1996.

(3) On how many occasions have declarations been made under section 12 of the Act in relation to the protection of Aboriginal objects from injury or desecration since: (a) the Act commenced; and (b) the Howard Government came to power in 1996.

(4) Can the Minister provide reasons for his decisions not to issue a declaration under the Act in relation to the applications made by Mr Neville Williams concerning the protection of significant Aboriginal areas in the Lake Cowal district.

1489  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 :

(1) Can a list be provided of the recovery plans that have been made or adopted under Part 13 of the Act for listed threatened species and ecological communities, including information on when each plan was made or adopted.

(2) How many wildlife conservation plans have been made, or adopted, under Part 13 of the Act for conservation-dependent species, listed migratory species, listed marine species and cetaceans.

(3) How many permits have been issued under: (a) Part 13, Division 1, of the Act; (b) Part 13, Division 2, of the Act; (c) Part 13, Division 3, of the Act; and (d) Part 13, Division 4, of the Act.

(4) How many conservation agreements has the Commonwealth entered into under Part 14 of the Act.

(5) How many management plans has the Commonwealth prepared under section 321 of the Act in relation to World Heritage properties.

(6) How many management plans has the Commonwealth prepared under section 333 of the Act in relation to Ramsar wetlands.

(7) Is the Commonwealth proposing to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2000 to ensure that regulatory offences concerning the taking of native fauna and flora in Commonwealth reserves are strict liability offences.

(8) Can details be provided of the Commonwealth’s annual financial contribution to the management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area since 1996.

(9) Can a list be provided of species that have been included on the list of migratory species under section 209 of the Act since 16 July 2000.

(10) How many nominations for the inclusion of a species on the list of threatened species that is maintained under Part 13 of the Act has the Minister received since 16 July 2000.

(11) How many assessments of nominations for the inclusion of a species on the list of threatened species has the Threatened Species Scientific Committee completed since 16 July 2000.

(12) How many assessments of nominations for the inclusion of a species on the list of threatened species has the Threatened Species Scientific Committee submitted to the Minister since 16 July 2000.

(13) How many decisions has the Minister made in relation to the amendment of the list of threatened species pursuant to a nomination made under section 191 of the Act since 16 July 2000.

(14) How many nominations for the inclusion of an ecological community on the list of threatened ecological communities that is maintained under Part 13 of the Act has the Minister received since 16 July 2000.

(15) How many assessments of nominations for the inclusion of an ecological community on the list of threatened ecological communities has the Threatened Species Scientific Committee completed since 16 July 2000.

(16) How many assessments of nominations for the inclusion of an ecological community on the list of threatened ecological communities has the Threatened Species Scientific Committee submitted to the Minister since 16 July 2000.

(17) How many decisions has the Minister made in relation to the amendment of the list of threatened communities pursuant to a nomination made under section 191 of the Act since 16 July 2000.

(18) How many nominations for the inclusion of a process on the list of key threatening processes that is maintained under Part 13 of the Act has the Minister received since 16 July 2000.

(19) How many assessments of nominations for the inclusion of a process on the list of key threatening processes has the Threatened Species Scientific Committee completed since 16 July 2000.

(20) How many assessments of nominations for the inclusion of a process on the list of key threatening processes has the Threatened Species Scientific Committee submitted to the Minister since 16 July 2000.

(21) How many decisions has the Minister made in relation to the amendment of the list of key threatening processes pursuant to a nomination made under section 191 of the Act since 16 July 2000.