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Notice given 31 January 2006

Senator Allison: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1570-1571)—With reference to an article in the Herald Sun , dated 18 October 2004, which reported that the Premier of Victoria (Mr Bracks) will ask for funds to compensate for the loss of revenue expected after September 2006 when exemptions for motor racing cease under the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 :

(1) Has the Government been approached to provide compensation, subsidies or any other kind of assistance to replace tobacco advertising revenue for the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix and/or the Phillip Island MotoGP; if so, can copies of the correspondence or records be provided; if not, why not.

(2) Has the Government considered providing revenue or assistance for this purpose; if so, why and will it do so.

1570 Minister for the Arts and Sport

1571 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism