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Notice given 20 January 2009

*1227  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Water—With reference to part 5 of the amended answer to question on notice no. 562, which states that, ‘The Department has not made enquiries as to what type of motor vehicle Professor Garnaut drives’:

(1) Has Professor Garnaut been provided with a motor vehicle by the Commonwealth; if so, what is the make and model of this vehicle.

(2) Does Professor Garnaut claim a motor vehicle allowance; if so: (a) how much and on what basis is it paid; (b) what make and model of motor vehicle does this specific allowance support; and (c) if the department does not know what make and model of motor vehicle the specific allowance supports, will the department undertake to find out; if not, why not.

*1228  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the illegal protest in the Florentine Valley, Tasmania, by members of the Still Wild Still Threatened (SWST) group which commenced on 12 January 2009:

(1) In regard to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) 936 and ABC Northern Tasmania:

(a) (i) how many radio news items in total did the ABC broadcast concerning this protest, and for each news item, what was the date of broadcast, station, position in bulletin and its duration, and (ii) what was the cumulative time of these news items;

(b) how many radio interviews did the ABC hold with members of the SWST group or their spokespersons, Australian Greens politicians, Wilderness Society representatives or any other associated group regarding this protest, and for each interview can the: (i) station, (ii) program, (iii) position in bulletin, (iv) interviewer, (v) interviewee, and (vi) time for each interview, be identified; and

 

 (c) how many radio interviews did the ABC hold with Forestry Tasmania or other forest industry representatives regarding this protest, and for each interview can the: (i) station, (ii) program, (iii) interviewer, (iv) interviewee, and (v) time for each interview, be identified.

(2) In regard to all ABC television: (a) how many television news items did the ABC broadcast concerning this protest; and (b) for each television news item, what was the date of broadcast, station and its duration.

(3) In regard to ABC online: (a) how many online items did the ABC broadcast concerning this protest; and (b) can a copy of each online news item be provided.

(4) How many journalists, cameramen, sound recordists etc. did the ABC have covering this protest story.

(5) (a) What was the total cost of the ABC’s coverage of this protest in terms of resources committed; and (b) can an itemised list of these costs be provided.

*1229  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the statements made by the Prime Minister in March 2008 indicating the Government’s intention to seek membership of the United Nations Security Council for 2013-2014, at a cost of up to $40 million:

(1) Can a detailed breakdown be provided of those items which comprise the estimated cost of $40 million; if not, why not.

(2) (a) How much money has been expended since March 2008 to date on this matter; and (b) on what items has the expenditure occurred.

(3) On what date did Cabinet formally approve the decision to seek this membership.