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Notice given 14 October 2003

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

2245 Minister representing the Treasurer

2250 Minister representing the Attorney-General

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

2254 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2255 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

2257 Minister for Family and Community Services

2260 Minister for Justice and Customs

2261 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

2262 Minister for the Arts and Sport

2265 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

2269 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

2270 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

2273 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.