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Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Page: 161

Senator Milne asked the Minister for Climate Change and Water, upon notice, on 7 November 2008:

(1)   Has the Papua New Guinean Government accepted the Australian Government’s initial $3 million contribution to the Papua New Guinea-Australia Forest Carbon Partnership.

(2)   Has the Australian Government received any correspondence from the Papua New Guinean Government that indicates their intention to refuse Australia’s $3 million contribution; if so, what is the basis and/or reason for the refusal.

(3)   Are the Forest Carbon partnerships with Indonesia and Papua New Guinea conditional upon the implementation of Australia’s National Carbon Accounting System.

(4)   Is the Clinton Foundation partnership contingent on the implementation of the National Carbon Accounting System in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Senator Wong (Minister for Climate Change and Water) —The answer to the honourable senator’s question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. Now that Papua New Guinea has established an Office of Climate Change and Carbon Trade, Australia is actively engaged with the Office in targeting the effective use of this initial contribution of $3 million in early action under the Forest Carbon Partnership.

(2)   No.

(3)   No. The intention of the Indonesia and Papua New Guinea Forest Carbon Partnerships is not the provision of the National Carbon Accounting System, but the provision of scientific, technical and analytical support to inform the development of Indonesia’s and Papua New Guinea’s own carbon accounting systems.

(4)   No.