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Notice given 2 April 2003

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(1) (a) Does the department or any of its agencies hold unpublished data from Roam Consulting, dated 2002, relating to electricity costs for new entrants, comparing ‘zero emissions’ coal with other fuels including conventional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(2) (a) Has unpublished data from Roam Consulting relating to the cost of ‘zero emissions’ coal been used in reports or advice provided to the Minister in the past 2 years, including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.