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Notice given 18 September 2003

2119  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the discovery of live sea lice in a shipment of imported salmon on 3 September 2003:

(1) What was the exporting country.

(2) When did the shipment depart.

(3) If not exported from the country of origin, what was the exporting country.

(4) What was the port of departure.

(5) When did the shipment arrive in Australia.

(6) Was Sydney the port of arrival

(7) What salmonid species did the shipment contain.

(8) When did the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) issue the permit to import quarantine material.

(9) When was the official certificate issued by an AQIS-recognised Competent Authority in the exporting country.

(10) What was the form, presentation and weight of the salmon

(11) What was the intended end use of the salmon, including, if applicable, commercial processing, processing for retail sale and/or direct retail sale.

(12) When and where did AQIS first inspect the salmon.

(13) When was the salmon seized.

(14) Was the salmon ordered to be frozen, if so: (i) when was that order made, and (ii) on what date was the salmon frozen.

(15) In relation to the sea lice analysis: (a) when did this commence and conclude; (b) where was this done; and (c) who conducted the analysis.

(16) When was the Minister and/or his office and/or his department informed about the analysis findings; (a) what are the analysis findings, including: (i) details of the sea lice species, (ii) whether the species are usually found in Australian waters, and (iii) whether the sea lice present a quarantine risk.

(17) (a) When did AQIS consult with Food Standards Australia New Zealand and state and territory food agencies about the salmon; (b) what state and territory food agencies were consulted; and (c) what was the nature of those consultations.

(18) In relation to the outcome of the sea lice discovery and analysis: (a) If the salmon was released for sale: (i) when, (ii) what conditions, if any, were placed on its end use, and (iii) what was its end use; (b) if the salmon was ordered to be re-exported: (i) when was that order made, (ii) when was the salmon exported, (iii) how was the exported salmon labelled; and (iv) to what country was it exported; (c) if the salmon was ordered to be destroyed: (i) when was that order made, (ii) when and how was it destroyed.

2120  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can details be provided of all breaches of import conditions applying to the commercial importation of uncanned salmonid product since new quarantine conditions came into effect on 1 June 2000, including, for each breach: (a) the date of importation; (b) the nature of the breach, including: (i) failure to provide an Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) permit, (ii) failure to provide a completed official certificate issued by an AQIS-recognised competent authority, (iii) failure to remove the head and gills, and (iv) any other reasons; (c) the salmonid species; (d) the country of export; (e) if not exported from the country of origin, the country that exported the salmonid product; (f) the product presentation and form; and (g) action taken in response to the breach including, if applicable: (i) the suspension or revocation of the import permit, and (ii) the disposal or re-export of the salmonid product.

2121  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Advisory Committee:

(1) When in 2003 did the department seek applications for eight part-time vacancies.

(2) In what newspapers and other media did the department place advertisements seeking applications.

(3) How many applications did the department receive from applicants nominating qualifications in respect of the following positions designated in section 64 of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act 1994 : (a) representatives of breeders, and likely breeders’ of new plant varieties; (b) a representative of users, and likely users, of new plant varieties; (c) a representative of consumers, and likely consumers, of new plant varieties or of the products of new plant varieties; (d) a representative of conservation interests in relation to new plant varieties and the potential impacts of new plant varieties; (e) a representative of indigenous Australian interests in relation to new plant varieties and the source, use and impacts of new plant varieties; and (f) others with appropriate experience or qualifications.

(4) How many people did the department interview in relation each designated position.

(5) Can details be provided of each industry, consumer, conservation, indigenous and/or other organisation consulted prior to the appointment of the current committee members.

(6) When did the Minister appoint the current members.

(7) (a) What is the name and business address of each member; (b) what interests do they represent pursuant to section 64 of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act 1994 .

(8) Which organisations provided letters of support for each member.

(9) Since its appointment, when has the current committee met.

(10) What are the names and terms of appointment for all members of the committee since its formation in 1994.

2123  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1688 (Senate Hansard , 8 September 2003, p. 14043) concerning Area Consultative Committees (ACC):

(1) Why have the ACC Handbook and the Governance Manual not been publicly released.

(2) Can copies of the ACC Handbook and the Governance Manual be provided; if not, why not.

2138  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—With reference to the hiring by the department of public relations consultants to work on the proposed nuclear waste dump in South Australia in late 2002:

(1) How many companies were: (a) sent a copy of the public relations brief; and (b) requested to submit a proposal.

(2) How many attended a question and answer session after receiving the brief.

(3) How many developed a written proposal.

(4) How many presented a proposed strategy to the evaluation panel.

(5) How many consultants were shortlisted to give a presentation before the Ministerial Committee on Government Communications.

(6) Who are the members of this ministerial committee.