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Notice given 30 August 2005

1118  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation news story of 18 July 2005, ‘Yampi Sound to become major military training ground’: Given that the Yampi Sound defence base, north of Derby in Western Australia’s Kimberley, is set to become a major training ground for Australian and allied armed forces, can the Minister advise whether the Government will permit the use of depleted uranium ammunition (DU) in this training area; if so: (a) why; (b) have local authorities been advised of the intended use of DU in their immediate area; and (c) have any studies been carried out to determine the transmission potential of any wind-blown fugitive dust or volatilised material associated with the DU use on the surrounding communities; if not, will this apply to all forces using the area.

1119  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to high seas trawling:

(1) What regulations exist and what permit requirements are in place to ensure that Australian vessels undertaking the practice of bottom trawling on the high seas are not damaging the environment whilst ensuring the sustainability of the stock.

(2) Given that Articles 5 and 6 of the 1995 United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement require States to apply the precautionary approach to deep-sea bottom trawling and ecosystem-based fish stock assessment to vessels undertaking bottom trawling on the high seas, what measures are being taken by the Government to meet this requirement with regard to Australian vessels permitted to carry out bottom trawling on the high seas.

1120  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to a letter from WMC Resources Ltd to South Australian Member of Parliament, Mr Kris Hanna, dated 6 July 2005 and located at http://www.anawa.org.au/greenhouse/Roxby.pdf, in which WMC identify CO 2 e emissions of 1 018 128 tonnes from its Roxby operations for the 2004 calendar year: Can the Minister provide a breakdown of those CO 2 e emissions from those operations by the commodities of copper and uranium for the 2004 calendar year; if not, why not; if so, how do the CO 2 e emissions of the uranium production component of the Roxby mine compare with the CO 2 e emissions of the Ranger and Beverley uranium mines.

1121  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—

(1) Who are the members of the Tasmanian Federal Road Black Spot Consultative Panel.

(2) (a) When did the panel last meet; and (b) when will the panel next meet.

(3) Can a schedule of meetings be provided for the 2005-06 financial year; if not, why not.

(4) Can the minutes of the past 3 meetings be provided; if not, why not.

(5) What, if any, remuneration, travel reimbursement, sitting fees or other entitlements are available to members of the panel as a result of their activities on that panel.

1122  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—

(1) (a) On what date was Mr Stephen Salter appointed to the Tasmanian Federal Road Black Spot Consultative Panel; (b) how was Mr Salter selected; (c) how many candidates for the position were: (i) identified, (ii) interviewed either formally or informally by the Minister, and (iii) interviewed either formally or informally by the Chair of the Consultative Panel; (d) who made the final decision; (e) on what date was the announcement made; and (f) can a copy be provided of the media statement announcing the appointment; if not, why not.

(2) When did the vacancy, filled by Mr Salter, arise and which former member of the panel created the vacancy.

(3) Can the Minister provide a copy of the advertisement for the position.

(4) Can the Minister advise: (a) in which media outlets was the advertisement placed; and (b) the date of each placement.

1123  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—

(1) (a) On what date was Mr Brendan Blomeley appointed to the Tasmanian Federal Road Black Spot Consultative Panel; (b) how was Mr Blomeley selected; (c) how many candidates for the position were: (i) identified, (ii) interviewed either formally or informally by the Minister, and (iii) interviewed either formally or informally by the Chair of the Consultative Panel; (d) who made the final decision; (e) on what date was the announcement made; and (f) can a copy of the media statement announcing the appointment be provided; if not, why not.

(2) When did the vacancy, filled by Mr Blomeley, arise and which former member of the panel created the vacancy.

(3) Can the Minister provide a copy of the advertisement for the position.

(4) Can the Minister advise: (a) in which media outlets the advertisement was placed; and (b) the date of each placement.

1124  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—

(1) (a) Can the Minister advise which local councils have approached his department for additional road funding since November 2001; (b) when and under what program did each council first seek funding; and (c) how much funding did each council seek.

(2) (a) Which local councils were successful in obtaining additional funding; (b) when and under what program was additional funding approved; and (c) how much additional funding was approved.

1125  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—With reference to an article in the Narrabri Courier of 28 July 2005 headlined, ‘Lobby for roads urges Anderson’: (a) is the Minister aware of comments attributed to the Member for Gwydir (Mr Anderson) that councils across Australia should invest in a professional lobbyist to obtain additional funding from the Federal Government; and (b) does the Minister agree with the Member for Gwydir’s comments.

1126  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 964 (Senate Hansard , 9 August 2005, p. 171):

(1) (a) When did planning for the visit commence and when it was finalised; (b) what was the total quantum of cost (including travel) of the visit to the Commonwealth; (c) which federal members of Parliament were advised the visit was to occur; (d) when and in what manner were they made aware; and (e) who attended the visit with the Minister and in what capacity did they attend.

(2) (a) Which federal members of Parliament were invited to each tourism roundtable event with the Minister; and (b) when and in what manner were they invited.

1127  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—With reference to an article in the Newcastle Herald of 2 August 2005 headlined, ‘Link road in doubt over cost’ relating to the New England Highway - F3 to Branxton project:

(1) Has this or a similar project always been considered by the Commonwealth to be an AusLink project; if not: (a) when was the Commonwealth first approached for funding for this or a similar project; (b) at that time: (i) what was the total cost of the project, and (ii) when was the project due to commence and when was it due to be completed; (c) when and in what quantum was Commonwealth funding first approved for this or a similar project.

(2)  (a) When was funding for this project approved under AusLink; (b) at that time: (i) what was the total cost of the project, (ii) when was the project due to commence and when was it due to be completed, and (iii) what was the quantum of Commonwealth funding approved for each financial year over the life of the project.

 

 (3) (a) What is the current estimated total cost of this project; (b) when and in what manner was the Minister made aware of the change in the total project cost; (c) when is construction of the project now expected to commence and when is it expected to be completed; and (d) what is the quantum of Commonwealth funding approved for each financial year over the life of the project.

1128  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to an article in The Canberra Times of 3 August 2005 headlined, ‘Discount shopping at airport’:

(1) (a) What representations have been made to the Minister regarding the development of 9 000 square metres of retail space at Canberra Airport; (b) who made the representations; and (c) on what date were they made and by whom.

(2) (a) What representations has the Minister made on behalf of the proponents of the development; and (b) on what date were they made and to whom.

1129  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—With reference to an article in The Canberra Times of 3 August 2005 headlined, ‘Discount shopping at airport’:

(1) (a) What representations have been made to the Minister regarding the development of 9 000 square metres of retail space at Canberra Airport; (b) on what date were they made; and (c) in what form and by whom.

(2) (a) What representations has the Minister made on behalf of the proponents of the development; (b) on what date were they made; and (c) in what form and to whom.

(3) (a) Can the Minister confirm that preliminary approval has been provided by the National Capital Authority to the proponent for this project; (b) when was this approval sought, in what form and by whom; (c) when was this approval given, in what form and by whom; (d) when did the Minister become aware approval had been granted; and (e) can a copy be provided of the approval; if not, why not.