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Notice given 5 September 2007

3466  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Is it the case that the Natural History Unit (NHU) of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been closed down; if so: (a) why; (b) when was the decision made and by whom; (c) why has no announcement been made; (d) how will the work of the NHU now be undertaken; (e) for each of the past 10 years, what was the budget for the NHU; and (f) how much money will be ‘saved’ by the closure.

(2) (a) For each of the past 10 years, how much funding has the NHU received from other sources; and (b) of this amount, how much was received from international broadcasters for its programs.

(3) Will the international funding identified in paragraph (2) be lost when the NHU is closed.