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Notice given 14 January 2013

2667  Senator Rhiannon: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health—

(1) Given that, in August 2012, the Prime Minister told the Australian Medical Association that ‘Women must have the right to healthcare and women must have the right to choose’, what will the Government do to secure and enhance women’s right to healthcare and right to choose in 2013.

(2) With reference to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s (PBAC) March 2013 meeting to consider MS Health’s application to have RU486 listed on the Pharmaceutical  Benefits Scheme (PBS), if PBAC recommends that RU486 (Mifepristone) be listed: (a) will the Government accept this recommendation; (b) will the Government be required to take the recommendation to Cabinet; if so, when do you anticipate this will occur; and (c) when can Australian women expect the Government’s final decision on the listing of RU486 on the PBS.

2673  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency—With reference to the Minister’s announcement of 9 November 2012 that, from 1 July 2017, Australia will adopt a new United Nations formula which increases the ‘global warming potential’ (GWP) of methane from 21 times carbon dioxide to 25 times carbon dioxide:

(1) Will these changes unilaterally increase the carbon liability from the methane emissions of Australian coal producers by 20 per cent from 1 July 2017.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that, based on the projections contained in the department’s publication Fugitive emissions projections (2010) , adoption of the new formula will increase the coal sector’s liability under Australia’s carbon pricing scheme by 8.5 million tonnes in 2017-18, 8.7 million tonnes in 2018-19 and 9.1 million tonnes in 2019-20; if not, what will be the increase in emissions liability for each of the 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years due to the new methane formula.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that, based on the carbon price projected in the Treasury modelling for the period 2017-20, the domestic adoption of the revised GWP formula will increase the coal sector’s carbon costs by $885 million over this period; if not, what does the department estimate the additional cost to be.

(4) What is the expected revenue generated by the Carbon Tax on methane emissions released during coal production in the 2012-13 financial year.

(5) Which, if any, member countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have indicated that they will adopt the new formula on the GWP of methane on or before 1 July 2017.

(6) Which, if any, of the world’s top 10 coal producing nations, including Australia, China, the United States of America, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Poland and Colombia, have indicated that they will adopt the new formula on the GWP of methane on or before 1 July 2017.

(7) Given that methane is excluded from coverage of the European Union (EU) Emissions Trading Scheme, can the Minister confirm that coal producers in the EU, including the top 10 producer, Poland, will not face carbon costs for their methane emissions, including from the change in methane formula.

(8) How many other top 10 ten coal producers apply a carbon price to fugitive emissions of methane.

(9) Why did the Gillard Government agree to unilaterally adopt the new formula on the GWP of methane when: (a) few other nations have indicated they will adopt the new formula; and (b) few, if any, of the top 10 global producers of coal currently, or plan to, apply a carbon price to emissions of methane.

2674  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 16 January 2013 )—With reference to the decrease in fuel credits for the off-road use of fuels under the Carbon Tax: (a) how many Australian businesses will be affected by the reduction in these credits; and (b) broken down by fuel type, what is the estimated revenue from the Carbon Tax equivalent reduction in fuel credits, in the 2012-13 financial year.

2675  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ( transferred to the Minister representing the Treasurer on 16 January 2013 )—With reference to the increase in the domestic aviation fuel excise by an amount equivalent to the carbon price on an annual basis under the Clean Energy Act 2011 , causing the excise rate on aviation kerosene to increase by 5.98 cents per litre and the excise on aviation gasoline to increase by 5.08 cents per litre in the 2012-13 financial year: (a) how many Australian businesses will be affected by the Carbon Tax equivalent increase in aviation excise; and (b) what is the estimated revenue from the Carbon Tax equivalent increase in aviation fuel excise, in the 2012-13 financial year.