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Notice given 23 September 2003

2168  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

  1. Can a schedule be provided of all partnerships or programs commenced within the past 3 financial years, between the department and biotechnology companies or their agents, including but not limited to AVCARE, Agrifood Awareness Australia Limited, Monsanto Australia Ltd (Monsanto) and Bayer Crop Science Australia (Bayer) or its predecessor, Aventis, including the following details for each:

(a) the stated aim;

(b) the proposed duration;

(c) the forecast financial or in-kind contribution to be provided by the department;

(d) the forecast financial or in-kind contribution to be provided by the department’s partners;

(e) the actual financial or in-kind contribution made to date by the department;

(f) the actual financial or in-kind contribution made to date by the department’s partners; and

(g) for those programs that have been completed, a summary of actual outcomes as compared with the stated aim.

(2) Can a copy of the commercial agreements entered into between the department and its partners in relation to these programs be provided; if not, why not.

2169  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

  1. Can a schedule be provided of all partnerships, programs or funding arrangements entered into each of the past 3 financial years between the department and the Australia Oilseeds Federation (AOF), including the following details for each:

(a) the stated aim of each partnership or program or for the funding provided by the department;

(b) the proposed duration of each partnership or program or for the funding provided by the department;

(c) the forecast financial or in-kind contribution to be provided by the department;

(d) the forecast financial or in-kind contribution to be provided by AOF;

(e) the actual financial or in-kind contribution made to date by the department;

(f) the actual financial or in-kind contribution made to date by AOF; and

(g) for those programs or funding arrangements that have been completed, a summary of actual outcomes as compared with the stated aim of each program, partnership or funding arrangement.

(2) Can a copy of the commercial agreements entered into between the department and AOF in relation to these programs or funding arrangements be provided; if not, why not.

2170  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—Does the Prime Minister have portfolio responsibility for the Office of the Commissioner of Taxation.