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Notice given 1 October 2003

1872  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Structural Adjustment Package for the Wide Bay Burnett Region of Queensland:

(1) When did the Minister announce the package.

(2) What funding was committed to the package.

(3) What grant monies have been paid under the package.

(4) When were program guidelines and applications forms made publicly available.

(5) When did the application period commence.

(6) When did the application period close.

1882  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) When did Australia first accepted imports of snow peas and sugar snap peas.

(2) For each of the past 5 financial years, from which countries and in what quantity has Australia imported snow peas and sugar snap peas.

(3) In relation to each country from which Australia currently accepts imports of snow peas and sugar snap peas, what chemical residues are currently tested on these imports.

(4) In relation to each country from which Australia imports snow peas and sugar snap peas: (a) which nations test for chemical residues; (b) which agencies or companies perform these chemical residue tests; (c) what quantity of snow peas and sugar snap peas make up each sample taken for the chemical residue test; and (d) what is the rate at which samples are taken and tested for chemical residues, for example, is one sample taken for each tonne of snow peas and sugar snap peas, or for each half tonne, or for each container load.

(5) Where chemical residue testing on snow peas and sugar snap peas bound for Australia is conducted in different nations or by agencies other than Australian Government agencies, what audit processes are undertaken by the Commonwealth to ensure the veracity of the testing conducted in these nations or by agencies other than Australian Government agencies.

(6) Can details be provided of any instances in the past 5 financial years where chemical residue testing of snow peas and sugar snap peas bound for Australia has been found by the Commonwealth to be inadequate.

(7) What penalties or sanctions have been applied to the supplying nation, shipping operator, trader or agency in cases where chemical residue testing of snow peas and sugar snap peas bound for Australia has been found by the Commonwealth to be inadequate.

(8) In relation to each country from which Australia has imported snow peas and sugar snap peas: On how many occasions have snow peas and sugar snap peas bound for import to Australia been rejected on the basis that chemical residue testing has detected unacceptable levels of chemical residues, and, in each case: (a) which chemical was involved; (b) what was the concentration of the chemical; and (c) what is the concentration of each chemical approved by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.

1883  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) When did the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) or its predecessor, the National Registration Authority, receive an application for the use of glufosinate ammonium as a broad acre herbicide in Australia.

(2) Who was the applicant.

(3) When was the final decision made by APVMA regarding the use of glufosinate ammonium as a broad acre herbicide in Australia and can a copy of the approval notice or permit be provided, including all details of conditions of use; if not, why not.

(4) To date, how much has the current application for the use of glufosinate ammonium as a broad acre herbicide in Australia cost the APVMA to process.

(5) What is the expected total cost to the APVMA of processing the application.

(6) To date, what is the quantum of fees and charges which have been levied upon the applicant in relation to the application.

(7) What is the expected total of fees and charges that will be levied upon the applicant in relation to the application.

1884  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) When did the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) or its predecessor, the National Registration Authority, receive an application for the use of the herbicide known as Roundup as a broad acre herbicide in Australia.

(2) Who was the applicant.

(3) When is a final decision expected from the APVMA for the use of Roundup as a broad acre herbicide in Australia.

(4) To date, how much has the current application for the use of Roundup as a broad acre herbicide in Australia cost the APVMA to process.

(5) What is the expected total cost to the APVMA of processing the application.

(6) To date, what is the quantum of fees and charges which have been levied upon the applicant in relation to the application.

(7) What is the expected total of fees and charges that will be levied upon the applicant in relation to the application.

1885  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—With reference to the Homecare program:

(1) For the period 1 January to 30 June 2003: How many assessments, by region, were: (a) made; (b) reviewed up; (c) reviewed down; and (d) deferred pending funding availability.

(2) Of those assessed but deferred pending availability of funds: How many, by region, have since been admitted after 1 July 2003.

(3) Of the additional $8.6 million added to the program for the 2003-04 financial year: (a) for each item, how much has been consumed by cost increases; and (b) how much remains available for increased numbers of clients in the program.

(4) What cost increases have occurred since 1 July 2003.