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Notice given 19 September 2003

2148  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—With reference to the answer to paragraph (2)(b) of question on notice no. 720 (Senate Hansard , 5 February 2003, p. 8647) relating to meetings organised by Austrade on behalf of Esmeralda Exploration, which is involved in the Aurul SA joint venture in Romania:

(1) On how many occasions did Austrade assist with arranging meetings with Romanian government officials.

(2) When were each of these meetings.

(3) Who were each of these meetings with.

(4) What was the purpose of each of these meetings.

2149  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 720 (Senate Hansard , 5 February 2003, p. 8647) relating to meetings organised by Austrade on behalf of Esmeralda Exploration, which is involved in the Aurul SA joint venture in Romania:

(1) When did Austrade first become aware of what was referred to in the Hungarian media as the ‘Kiraly affair’.

(2) What is the Austrade understanding of what caused the controversy over the charging of Kiraly.

(3) Did Austrade or other embassy officials in Romania or Hungary make representations to Romanian or Hungarian Government officials in relation to the ‘Kiraly affair’.