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Notice given 11 May 2011

655  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport—Can a list be provided of all Tasmanian businesses that are receiving Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme assistance for northbound shipments of products classified under commodity code 02950.

656  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—With reference to the Minister’s decision regarding the proposed Browse Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility and industrial port at James Price Point in the Kimberley region of Western Australia:

(1) What reports and advice will be considered in making this decision.

(2) In addition to the reports and advice provided by proponents and agencies, will the Minister commission independent expert advice on the impacts of the LNG facility and industrial port on matters of national environmental significance; if not, why not.

(3) Given the clear failure of the proponent to adequately address the: (a) Strategic Assessment Terms of Reference; (b) requirements set out in the Strategic Assessment Scoping Document; and (c) Minister’s Strategic Assessment Endorsement Criteria, how will the Minister gather the necessary information on which to base a responsible decision.

(4) Will the Minister wait until the statutory appeals process allowed for under the Western Australia Environmental Protection Act 1986 is complete before making a decision on the LNG project, given that this process is likely to produce important new and relevant information about the impacts of the project and the failings of the strategic assessment process; if not, why not.