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Notice given 2 April 2003

1370  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1132 (Senate Hansard , 18 March 2003, p.9407):

(1) Can a copy be provided of the advice referred to in the answer to part (1) of the question, which states that the construction of a road through the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area and Extension, as distinct from the use of a road, is in accordance with the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA).

(2) Does the Minister still assert that the construction of a road through the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area, as distinct from the use of a road, is in accordance with the RFA and therefore that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 does not apply.

(3) Can a copy be provided of the advice referred to in the answer to part (1) of the question relating to the way in which the design of the road avoids potential damage to the reserve’s values.

(4) (a) Is the Minister aware that the Forest Practices Plan for the road failed to identify significant heritage sites, including the French garden that was found with relative ease by amateurs; and (b) does the Minister consider that such a manifestly inadequate plan meets the standards expected by the Commonwealth under the Tasmanian Forest Practices Code.

(5) Does the Minister support the acquisition and permanent protection of the privately-owned block of land on the northern peninsula of Recherche Bay, which includes the French garden and other historic and cultural sites.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1371-1374)—

(1) (a) Does the department or any of its agencies hold unpublished data from Roam Consulting, dated 2002, relating to electricity costs for new entrants, comparing ‘zero emissions’ coal with other fuels including conventional coal, gas combined cycle and renewables; (b) for whom was this data prepared; (c) what was the cost of the work; (d) who paid for it; (e) what was the estimated cost of electricity generated from ‘zero emissions’ coal and what information was used to derive this estimate; and (f) can a copy of the data be provided.

(2) (a) Has unpublished data from Roam Consulting relating to the cost of ‘zero emissions’ coal been used in reports or advice provided to the Minister in the past 2 years, including reports and advice from the Chief Scientist; if so, can the following details be provided: title, author, date, nature of the advice or report, and its purpose; (b) what was the estimated cost of electricity generated from ‘zero emissions’ coal and what information was used to derive this estimate; (c) for whom was the data prepared; and (d) can a copy of the information be provided.

1374 Minister representing the Minister for Science

1376  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) What was the actual Commonwealth outlay for each financial year since 1996-97, and what are the forward projections to 2005-06, for each of the following categories of rail expenditure: (a) expenses associated with the former Australian National Railways Commission; (b) expenses associated with the Alice Springs to Darwin Railway; (c) expenses associated with special tourist railways; (d) expenses associated with the Australian Rail Track Corporation; (e) any other expenses associated with earlier commitments to conditionally outlay $250 million to upgrade Australia’s interstate track and safe working systems (can the information also be provided for each state); and (f) expenses associated with planning of rail development, including for the ‘Inland Route’ between Melbourne, Queensland and the Northern Territory (can the information be provided in a table format). 

(2) What were the Commonwealth receipts from the Australian Rail Track Corporation for each financial year since 1996-97, and what are the forward projections to 2005-06, including (separately identified): (a) dividends; and (b) any interest and loan repayments.