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Notice given 13 February 2003

1158  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the information provided by each major airport about the infrastructure costs of implementing the Government’s Increased Quarantine Intervention Program, for each major airport: (a) what is the estimated implementation cost provided by the airport, including any caveats or qualifications placed upon the estimate; (b) what date was the information provided; (c) in what form was the information provided; (d) to which Commonwealth officer was the information provided; (e) what was the actual amount that the Commonwealth budgeted for each airport; (f) where works have been completed or are underway, what was the cost of the works; and (g) where works have commenced, what was the current estimated costs.

1159  Senator Lees: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Have Australia’s defence personnel been informed about the risks of operating in areas of Iraq contaminated as a result of the use, by the United States of America and Britain, of ammunition containing depleted uranium during the previous Gulf War.

(2) In the event of war, will the Minister guarantee that Australian soldiers will not be deployed in those areas where there is contamination.

(3) Will Australian troops be: (a) working alongside other allied forces using ammunition containing depleted uranium; or (b) using it themselves.

(4) What, if any, alternatives to ammunition containing depleted uranium are now used or being developed.