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Notice given 7 May 2007

3188  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—

(1) Has the department received the Tasmanian Government’s options proposal for the ongoing management of healthy Tasmanian devils in the wild, including plans to release them on Tasmanian offshore islands, particularly Maria Island.

(2) In light of concerns raised by community groups, will the department seek public comment on these proposals.

(3) Does the Government agree with proposals to release Tasmanian devils on various offshore islands.

(4) Does the Government consider the island release option an essential part of the long-term recovery plan for the Tasmanian devil in the wake of the transmissible facial tumour disease.

(5) What ongoing assistance is the Government offering to the research effort into devil facial tumour disease and for ongoing efforts to safeguard the species survival in the wild.

 

 3189  Senator Carr: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—

(1) For each of the following elements of the Global Integration industry statement, can details be provided of cost estimates, additional to the existing forward estimates, for each financial year up to and including 2016-17: (a) the Global Opportunities Program; (b) Australian Industry Productivity Centres; (c) changes to the Research and Development Tax Concession; (d) Commercial Ready Plus; (e) the Intermediary Access Program; (f) the National Nanotechnology Strategy; (g) the Niche Manufacturing National Research Flagship; (h) the Australian Business Number Business Names Registration Project; (i) the Building Entrepreneurship in Small Business Program; and (j) the Food Innovation Grants Program.

(2) For each of the elements listed in paragraph (1), can details of any funding already included in the forward estimates and the name of the programs which the funding was allocated to prior to the announcement of the Global Integration industry statement be provided.

Senator Carr: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 3190-3191)—With reference to the changes to the Research and Development Tax Concession announced as part of the Global Integration industry statement, can details be provided of the projected take-up, that is the number of additional firms accessing the 175 per cent concession, for each financial year up to and including 2016-17.

3190 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

3191 Minister representing the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

3192  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2717, what conclusions has the Civil Aviation Safety Authority reached about the adequacy of its oversight of Transair Pty Ltd.