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Notice given 6 February 2009

*1288  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—

(1) Can an indication be provided of when the Australian Labor Party’s election promise to incorporate a ‘greenhouse gas trigger’ in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) will be implemented.

(2) Considering the devastating effect climate change will have on coral reefs, will the Minister consider the greenhouse gas effects of the planned aluminium smelter in Bowen, Queensland, by the Aluminium Corporation of China Limited (CHALCO) when assessing its effect on the Great Barrier Reef under the Act’s approvals process.

(3) Given that demand for aluminium is falling and is projected to stay low for at least the next year, will the Minister consider the necessity of building such a high greenhouse gas producing project when deciding on approval for the smelter under the Act.

(4) Will the Minister consider the source of electricity when deciding what impact the smelter will have on the environment.

(5) Has the Minister considered implementing project approvals which require the use of renewable energy; if not, why not.

(6) Will the Minister consider the cumulative effect of these projects on the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding wetlands or will the CHALCO project decision be made in isolation.


 *1289  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can a breakdown be provided, by state and territory, of how many farmers are receiving the exceptional circumstances drought assistance as at 5 February 2009.

*1290  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—

(1) With reference to the projects selected for Black Spot Program funding since November 2007: (a) what is the location of each project, by state and territory; and (b) how much funding has been allocated to each project.

(2) Of the 350 additional Black Spot Program projects announced on 4 February 2009, how will funding be allocated.

*1291  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education—

(1) Can a list be provided of non-government schools in New South Wales that received Country Areas Programme (CAP) funding for the following years: (a) 2005; (b) 2006; (c) 2007; and (d) 2008.

(2) What are the eligibility criteria for CAP funding for non-government schools.