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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4968

Senator Milne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, upon notice, on 24 June 2009:

Has the Minister or the department had any meetings with Mr Alan Oxley or staff from ITS Global Asia Pacific (ITS Global) in 2009; if so:

(a)   when were the meetings held;

(b)   what matters were discussed at the meetings;

(c)   who from the department or the Minister’s office attended the meetings; and

(d)   what materials were provided to the Government during the meetings.

Senator Sherry (Assistant Treasurer) —The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

During the week beginning 27 April 2009, John Talbot and Dan Firth from the Forestry Branch, Climate Change Division of the department held one brief and informal meeting with Mr Oxley on the margins of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in New York. General forestry matters and the progress of UNFF were discussed. Mr Oxley provided a copy of a World Growth report titled: ‘Forestry and Development: Building the Foundations for Sustainability’.