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Notice given 30 April 2008

424  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 14 May 2008 )—Has a decision yet been made to increase the levy on the import and sale of new refrigerant to cope with the increasing volume now required to be reclaimed; if so, what was that decision.

 

 425  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Given that the provision of family planning services will be fundamental to the achievement of a number of the Millennium Development Goals, particularly goals MDGs 4 and 5: (a) what percentage of AusAID funding is spent specifically on family planning activities; (b) what percentage of family planning activity spending is spent on: (i) education, (ii) service delivery, and (iii) contraceptive supply; (c) what type of contraceptive methods were provided with AusAID funding in the last reporting period; and (d) what percentage of AusAID funding is spent on reproductive health in general, including HIV/AIDs.

(2) How does current expenditure on family planning activities compare, in real percentage terms, to expenditure prior to the introduction of the AusAID Family Planning Guidelines.

429  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs on 5 May 2008 )—

(1) Is it the case that Australia, along with Canada and the United States of America, refused to sign or adopt the final report of the United Nations International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, released in April 2008; if so, why.

(2) Does the report, produced by more than 400 of the world’s leading scientists, call for a fundamental change in farming practices in order to address soaring food prices, hunger, social inequities and environmental disaster.

(3) Does the report find that industrial agriculture has failed and that genetically-engineered crops are no solution to the problems of poverty, hunger or climate change.

(4) Does the report: (a) recommend small-scale farming and agro-ecological methods as the way forward in solving the current food crisis and meeting the needs of local communities; (b) state that Indigenous and local knowledge play as important a role as formal science; and (c) state that a significant departure from the destructive chemical-dependent, one size fits all model of industrial agriculture is needed.

(5) What, specifically, is it in this report that the Government disagrees with and why.

430  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 6, is there a facility in Australia capable of treating hexacholorobenzene waste; if so: (a) where is it; and (b) what is its capability.