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Notice given 17 June 2005

969  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the intention of Barrick Gold and ICI to transport cyanide from Gladstone in Queensland to the proposed gold mine at Lake Cowal in New South Wales: What safeguards are in place to ensure: (a) the health and safety of the residents of the 12 major regional and rural town centres along the proposed route, including the capacity of the local emergency services to deal with an accident or spillage; (b) the security of the cyanide whilst on route; and (c) the protection of the environment of the Lake Cowal area.

970  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Minister’s statement A76/2005 issued on 15 June 2005, in which he relies on departmental and advisory committee support for funding to support his allocation of $500 000 to the Atherton Hotel project under the Sustainable Regions program: Will the Minister identify all Sustainable Regions and Regional Partnerships funding allocations where he has not accepted the recommendation from his department and/or local advisory committee; if not, why not.