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Notice given 2 December 2003

*2437  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2198 (Senate Hansard , 24 November 2003, p. 17686): Can details be provided of all proposals for runways in Antarctica with which the Government may be or is involved including: (a) the nature of the proposal, including site, capabilities, dimensions, and construction details; (b) the scheduling and/or outcome of any study required or conducted; (c) the estimated or confirmed expenditure to date; and (d) the proponent.

*2438  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1685 (Senate Hansard , 24 November 2003, p. 17579): (a) Has the Minister received a copy of the Recherche Bay heritage assessment conducted by the Tasmania Heritage Council; and (b) does the Government accept the Council’s recommendations; if not, what is the schedule and what are the further requirements for its decision-making process on these recommendations.

*2439  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2190 (Senate Hansard 24 November 2003, p. 17678): Since 1996, who has received government assistance for projects relating to platypuses and, in each case, (i) how much money was or will be allocated, and (ii) what is the nature of the project.

*2440  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) What plastics are used in Australia Post’s mail dispatch products, including mailing envelopes and bags.

(2) Are there biodegradable alternatives to these plastics currently available that could be used in these products; if so, will Australia Post switch to using such alternatives and when; if not, why not.