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Notice given 28 March 2007

3083  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Can the Minister confirm that no weapons containing depleted uranium will be used by: (a) Australia defence forces; or (b) foreign forces in exercises in Australia in 2007 or in subsequent years.

3084  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy Partnership:

(1) For each year since the inception of the partnership: (a) how many times have the members of the partnership met face to face; and (b) how much has the department expended in support of the partnership’s work and of this expenditure, what amount corresponds to travel costs.

(2) What is the budget allocation to support the partnership: (a) in the 2006-07 budget year; and (b) for each financial year of the forward estimates.

3086  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Australian Council for Children and Parenting:

(1) For each year since the inception of the council: (a) how many times has the council secretariat met face to face; and (b) how much has the department expended in support of the council’s work and of this expenditure, how much has been on travel.

(2) What is the budget allocation to support the council secretariat: (a) in the 2006-07 budget year; and (b) for each financial year of the forward estimates.

3087  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—When will the report on the review of the In Home Care Program be published.

 

 3088  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—With reference to the Macquarie Island World Heritage Area and Nature Reserve:

(1) Will the Government commit to the detailed eradication plan for rabbits and rodents on Macquarie Island; if so, when will the plan be enacted; and, if the plan will not be enacted, why.

(2) Will the Government provide sufficient resources to ensure the ecological future of the island; if so: (a) what amount of funding will be provided; and (b) will this funding be ongoing.

(3) (a) What action is the Government taking to ensure that the World Heritage listing of the island is preserved; and (b) does the Minister agree that unless action is taken the World Heritage status of the island will be at risk.

(4) Is it the case that the rabbit and rodent population on the island has increased; if so: (a) to what extent; and (b) what is the current rabbit and rodent population.

(5) Has the rabbit and rodent population caused land degradation and a loss of plant and animal species; if so: (a) to what extent; and (b) which species are threatened or lost.

3089  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1690 (Senate Hansard , 14 June 2006, p. 193) concerning crew levels of all ships in the Royal Australian Navy, can updated information be provided using the same format as the previous answer.