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Notice given 22 March 2007

3066  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—

(1) Does the Wet Tropics World Heritage Management Plan provide for a transport corridor such as that required for the proposed highway.

(2) Will the Kuranda Range Highway, if approved, result in more physical damage to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area than existed at the time that it was listed.

(3) (a) Does the proposed highway compromise the values for which the area was listed; and (b) does it undermine the physical integrity of the site.

(4) Does this proposal contravene any of the provisions of the World Heritage Convention, in particular Article 6.3.

3068  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Can an update be provided on the progress of discussions on a reciprocal health care agreement between Croatia and Australia that commenced in May 2006.

(2) Did the department provide the Croatian Ministry of Health with a questionnaire in order to ascertain the extent of similarities between the Australian and Croatian health care systems; if so, has this exchange occurred; if not, can advice be provided on the reasons for the delay in this process.