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Notice given 9 May 2006

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1726-1728)—

(1) When in 2002 did: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s office; and (c) the department, become aware that the Iraqi Administration had refused to allow a ship carrying Australian wheat to unload due to alleged contamination of the grain.

(2) How did: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s office; and (c) the department, become aware the ship’s cargo had been rejected and, in each case, what action was taken in response.

(3) When and how was: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s office; and (c) the department, advised that further shipments of Australian wheat had been rejected by the Iraqi Administration because the grain was allegedly contaminated.

(4) Did: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister’s office; and (c) the department, receive specific advice about the rejection of each vessel; if so, in each case, when, who provided the advice, how was the advice provided and what action was taken in response.

1726 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1729-1731)—

(1) When in 2002 did the Minister and/or his office and/or the department communicate with a representative of AWB Limited about the Iraqi Administration’s threat to reduce the volume of Australian wheat it would buy due to Australia’s alliance with the United States of America, and, in each case, who initiated the communication, in what form was the communication made and who were the parties to the communication.

(2) If the form of communication was a face-to-face meeting: (a) who attended and in what capacity did they attend; (b) where was the meeting conducted; and (c) if officers from the department did not attend and/or official minutes of the meeting were not recorded, why not.

1729 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1732-1734)—

(1) When in 2002 did the Minister and/or his office and/or the department communicate with representatives of AWB Limited about the repayment of a quality rebate under a contract associated with the United Nations Oil for Food Programme and, in each case, who initiated the communication, in what form was the communication made and who were the parties to the communication.

(2) If the form of communication was a face-to-face meeting: (a) who attended and in what capacity did they attend; (b) where was the meeting conducted; and (c) if officers from the department did not attend and/or official minutes of the meeting were not recorded, why not.

1732 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1735-1737)—

(1) When in 2002 did the Minister and/or his office and/or the department communicate with: (a) Tigris Petroleum or a representative; and/or (b) BHP Billiton or a representative, about the repayment of a debt by the Iraqi Grains Board and, in each case, who initiated the communication, in what form was the communication made and who were the parties to the communication.

(2) If the form of communication was a face-to-face meeting; (a) who attended and in what capacity did they attended; (b) where was the meeting conducted; and (c) if officers from the department did not attend and/or official minutes of the meeting were not recorded, why not.

1735 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1738-1740)—When in 2002 did the Minister and/or his office: (a) seek advice from the department; and (b) receive advice from the department, in relation to the threat by the Iraqi Administration to reduce the volume of Australian wheat it would buy due to Australia’s alliance with the United States of America and, in each case, in what form was the advice sought or received.

1738 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1741-1743)—When in 2002 did the Minister and/or his office: (a) seek advice from the department; and (b) receive advice from the department, in relation to the repayment of a quality rebate for a contract signed by AWB Limited under the United Nations Oil for Food Programme and, in each case, in what form was the advice sought or received.

1741 Minister representing the Prime Minister

 

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1744-1746)—When in 2002 did the Minister and/or his office: (a) seek advice from the department; and (b) receive advice from the department, in relation to the repayment of a debt owed to Tigris Petroleum, or BHP Billiton, by the Iraqi Grains Board and, in each case, in what form was the advice sought or received.

1744 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1747-1749)—

(1) On what dates in 2002 and 2003 did the Minister or his office: (a) seek advice from the Minister’s department: and (b) receive advice from the Minister’s department in relation to the decision by the Iraqi Administration to continue to purchase Australian wheat despite Australia’s alliance with the United States.

(2) In each case, in what form was the advice sought or received.

1747 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1750  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) On what dates in 2002 and 2003 did: (a) the Prime Minister; and (b) the Prime Minister’s office, meet with representatives of the Grains Council of Australia.

(2) For each meeting, can the following details be provided: (a) who attended; (b) the capacity in which they attended; and (c) where the meeting was conducted. 

(3) If officers from the department did not attend and/or official minutes of the meeting were not recorded, why not.

(4) In each case, were briefing notes provided by the department prior to the meeting; if so, who requested the briefing notes; if no briefing notes were requested, why not.

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1751-1753)—

(1) On what dates in 2002 and 2003 did the: (a) Minister; (b) Ministers office; and (c) department, communicate with a representative of AWB Limited about the decision by the Iraqi Administration to continue to purchase Australian wheat despite Australia’s alliance with the United States against Iraq.

(2) In each case: (a) who initiated the communication; (b) in what form was the communication made; and (c) who were the parties to the communication.

(3) If the form of communication was a face-to-face meeting: (a) who attended and in what capacity did they attended; (b) where was the meeting conducted; and (c) if officers from the department did not attend and/or official minutes of the meeting were not recorded, why not.

1751 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1754-1756)—

(1) When and how in 2002 and 2003 did the: (a) Minister; (b) Minister’s office; and (c) department, become aware that AWB Limited had reached a settlement with the Iraqi Administration that would permit the unloading of Australian wheat that was alleged to be contaminated.

(2) When was advice sought from the department about the settlement.

(3) When was that advice received.

(4) What was the form of that advice.

 

 (5) On what dates in 2002 did the: (a) Minister; (b) Minister’s office; and (c) department, communicate with a representative of AWB Limited about the settlement.

(6) In each case: (a) who initiated the communication; (b) in what form was the communication made; and (c) who were the parties to the communication.

(7) If the form of communication was a face-to-face meeting: (a) who attended and in what capacity did they attended; (b) where the meeting was conducted; and (c) if officers from the department did not attend and/or official minutes of the meeting were not recorded, why not.

1754 Minister representing the Prime Minister

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1757-1759)—

(1) Did Mr Darryl Hockey, an employee of AWB Limited, meet with the: (a) Minister; (b) Minister’s office; and/or (c) the department, in November 2002 seeking advice on how to arrange the repayment of a quality rebate to the Iraqi Grains Board; if so: (i) who did Mr Hockey meet with, (ii) where did the meeting take place, (iii) on what date did the meeting take place and, (iv) if the Minister and/or his office did not attend, when and how was the Minister and/or his office advised of the meeting.

(2) Were official minutes of the meeting recorded; if not, why not.

(3) Was Mr Hockey provided with advice on options for repayment to the Iraqi Grains Board; if so, in what form was this advice provided.

(4) Did the Minister and/or the his office receive a copy of this advice; if so, when and how was this approval given.

(5) Did the Minister and/or his office approve this advice; if so, when and how was this approval given.

1757 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1760  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the series of meetings between the Prime Minister and Mr Peter Harris, Chairman, Family First, to consult over policy in exchange for preferences as reported in the Australian newspaper of 25 September 2004:

(1) On which dates did those meetings take place.

(2) Where were the meeting held.

(3) Who attended the meetings.

(4) What decisions were made at those meetings.

(5) Did, as reported in the Australian , the deal include Family First agreeing to ‘lead a direct advertising attack against the Greens … in four states’; if so: (a) what was the monetary value assigned to that advertising campaign; and (b) who in the Liberal Party liaised with Family First to determine the content of those advertisements.

(6) Was the Liberal Party involved in the placement of those advertisements; if so, in what way.