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Notice given 8 February 2006

1576  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—In relation to the Commonwealth approved and supported native forest clearing and woodchip plantation establishment project on Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory:

(1) Is the Minister aware of the statement in a Great Southern Plantations (GSP) Ltd media release of Thursday, 17 February 2005, by the project operator GSP that ‘The Sylvatech acquisition will provide Great Southern access to extensive plantation land for future projects at a significant discount to current market prices for land in Great Southern’s traditional plantation regions’.

(2) Is the Minister aware that, according to GSP’s own information to its shareholders, it is paying the Tiwi Island Indigenous land owners a rental of around one dollar per hectare per year for the forested land that is being cleared for woodchip plantations.

 

 (3) Is the Minister aware of the prices GSP and other woodchip plantation companies pay per hectare per year for land rental or lease in southern growing areas; if so, can details of these prices be provided.

(4) Is the Minister concerned that Tiwi Island Indigenous land owners are being disadvantaged in renting their land so far below current market rates.

(5) What does the Minister intend doing to rectify this corporate behaviour.

1577  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Has the BGC Brickworks Major Development Plan, currently being considered by the Minister’s office, been amended to account for issues raised through the public submission period; if so, what is the nature of these amendments.

(2) Will the Minister make a decision on the BGC Brickworks based on the amended version of the Major Development Plan, or the original version.

(3) Will the amended version of the BGC Brickworks Major Development Plan be released publicly; if not, why not.

(4) If the Minister sets conditions for the BGC Brickworks proposal, which version of the plan will these conditions be based upon.

(5) Will the Minister’s conditions be made available for public comment; if not, why not.

(6) Does the Minister agree that the community submission process for this proposal is disadvantaged because the full information about the project, including the proponent’s amendments, licensing, plant operation and environmental conditions have not been available for consideration by the Western Australian State Government or the public of Western Australia during the only public comment period for the proposal.

(7) Does the Minister have full confidence in making his decision about this proposal without feedback from the Western Australian public and State Government on all aspects of the proposal.

1578  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Workforce Participation—

(1) How many complaints have been made to the Government by job seekers that labour hire companies are not hiring workers once they have worked for five fortnights, at which point their job search number is revoked and the financial incentive for employing such people is no longer available.

(2) Has the Government investigated this practice; if so, was it found to be common.

(3) What action, if any, will the Government take to ensure that those who do find casual work are not disadvantaged by the financial incentives directed at those with job search numbers.

Senator Allison: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1579-1580)—Has the Government considered the implications of research conducted by Robert B Jackson of Duke University, in the United States of America, and others—including Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Land and Water—published in the December 2005 edition of Science , Volume No. 310, with regard to afforestation policy and practices; if not, does the Government have data or other information to suggest these findings are incorrect with regard to reductions in stream flows that result from forest planting.

 

 1579 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1580 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry