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Notice given 20 April 2010

2787  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy—With reference to the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (the institute):

(1) (a) What organisations are currently members of the institute; and (b) what fees do they pay.

(2) For the past 12 months, what was the institute’s expenditure for the following: (a) travel by staff and visitors; (b) accommodation for staff that were travelling and accommodation for visitors; (c) alcohol; (d) food; (e) social events; and (f) all other functions, including: (i) the nature of the function and costs, and (ii) the food and alcohol costs.

(3) What are the names and areas of expertise of all scientists on staff.

Senator Milne: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2788-2790)—

(1) (a) How have local communities been informed about the Kalimantan Forests and Climate Partnership (KFCP); (b) who was informed; and (c) what feedback has been received on the proposed project.

(2) Has there been a land tenure assessment performed on the land to be covered by the project; if so, what was the result of that assessment; if not, why not.

(3) Has there been an attempt to gain the free, prior and informed consent of local Indigenous and forest dependent communities in relation to the project.

(4) (a) Has the Government undertaken any contingency planning for KFCP in the event that it is not possible for country parties to agree on the inclusion of reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); and (b) is it anticipated that KFCP will become part of the voluntary carbon market.

(5) (a) Does KFCP propose plantations as reforestation and an alternative source of income for local communities; and (b) is there anything in the design of KFCP that prevents plantations from being recognised for carbon credits.

(6) Given that in its submissions to the UNFCCC in 2008 on KFCP, the Australian Government discussed the need to restrict forest conversion within Central Kalimantan at a province-wide level, can details be provided of: (a) what restrictions are currently in place in relation to forest conversion; and (b) what plans are in place for forest conversion across the province.

2788 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

2789 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

2790 Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs on 30 April 2010 )