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Notice given 14 October 2003

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2212-2242)— With reference to the statement entitled Short Term Assistance To Ethanol Industry of 22 July 2003, relating to the appointment by the Commonwealth of a facilitator to assist the Manildra Group, has the department had communications with the facilitator in relation to increasing the use of fuel ethanol in the department’s fleet of vehicles; if so:

(a) What was the form of the communications and when they were made; (b) have any records been kept of the communications; if so, can these records be made available; if not, why not; and (c) what were the specific aims and outcomes of the communications.

2212 Minister representing the Prime Minister

2213 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

2214 Minister representing the Treasurer

2215 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

2216 Minister for Defence

2217 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

2218 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

2219 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2220 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

2221 Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2222 Minister for Finance and Administration

2223 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2224 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

2225 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

2226 Minister for Family and Community Services

2227 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2228 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

2229 Minister for Justice and Customs

2230 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

2231 Minister for the Arts and Sport

2232 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

2233 Minister representing the Minister for Science

2234 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

2235 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services

2236 Special Minister of State

2237 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

2238 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

2239 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

2240 Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

2241 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

2242 Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2243-2273)— For each of the financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03 can the following details be provided in relation to paper and paper products:

(1) How much has been spent by the department on these products.

(2) From which countries of origin has the department sourced these products.

(3) From which companies has the department sourced these products.

(4) What was the percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the department by country.

(5) What was the percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the department by company.

(6) What steps has the department taken to ensure that paper and paper products sourced by the department from other countries comply with the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard .

2243 Minister representing the Prime Minister

2244 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

2245 Minister representing the Treasurer

2247 Minister for Defence

2249 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

2250 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2251 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

2252 Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2253 Minister for Finance and Administration

2254 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2255 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

2256 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

2257 Minister for Family and Community Services

2258 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2259 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

2260 Minister for Justice and Customs

2261 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

2262 Minister for the Arts and Sport

2263 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

2264 Minister representing the Minister for Science

2265 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

2266 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services

2267 Special Minister of State

2268 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

2269 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

2270 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

2271 Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

2272 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

2273 Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2274-2304)— In relation to the department’s vehicle fleet:

(1) How many litres of petrol did the department use for its fleet in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(2) How many litres of petrol blended with fuel ethanol did the department’s fleet use in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(3) What steps are being taken to ensure that the department’s fleet can operate on fuel ethanol (E10) safely and without voiding any manufacturer’s warranty.

(4) What steps are being taken to ensure that the department uses fuel ethanol (E10) in its fleet.

(5) How many litres of diesel did the department’s fleet use in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(6) How many litre of biodiesel did the department’s fleet use in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(7) What steps are being taken to ensure that the fleet can operate on biodiesel safely and without voiding any manufacturer’s warranty.

(8) What steps are being taken to ensure that the department uses biodiesel in the department’s fleet of vehicles.

2274 Minister representing the Prime Minister

2275 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

2276 Minister representing the Treasurer

2277 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

2278 Minister for Defence

2279 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

2280 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

2281 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2282 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

2283 Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

2284 Minister for Finance and Administration

2285 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2286 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

2287 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

2288 Minister for Family and Community Services

2289 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2290 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

2291 Minister for Justice and Customs

2292 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

2293 Minister for the Arts and Sport

2294 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

2295 Minister representing the Minister for Science

2296 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

2297 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services

2298 Special Minister of State

2299 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

2300 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

2301 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

2302 Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

2303 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

2304 Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

2305  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the pursuit of the Viarsa and the Minister’s joint statement (reference AFFA 03/167M) of 28 August 2003, in which it was announced that the ocean going tug the John Ross would assist in the pursuit of the Viarsa :

(1) Can the Minister confirm that at the time the John Ross joined the pursuit of the Viarsa, it was engaged in salvaging a fully laden container ship the Sealand Express at a beach close to Cape Town.

(2) Did the John Ross complete the salvage of the Sealand Express prior to joining the pursuit of the Viarsa ; if not, was this due to the urgency with which the John Ross was required to join the pursuit .

(3) What were the exact objectives given by the Commonwealth to the owners of the John Ross when commissioned by the Commonwealth to join the pursuit.

(4) Can a copy of any contract or other documentation between the Commonwealth and the owners of the John Ross in relation to the pursuit be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Can details be provided of vessels other than the John Ross which were considered , and whether the owners of these alternative vessels were approached by the Commonwealth.

(6) How much (in AUD) did the owners of each vessel request of the Commonwealth in return for that vessel joining the pursuit .

(7) What were the specific capabilities of each vessel considered.

(8) Why did the Commonwealth choose not to proceed with the hire of each of these other vessels.

(9) Was the John Ross required to undertake salvage or towing operations to directly assist the Southern Supporter or any other vessel involved in the pursuit; if so, can full details be provided of the tasks undertaken by the John Ross in direct salvage or towing assistance of the Southern Supporter or any other vessel involved in the pursuit; if not, why not.