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Notice given 16 June 2003 

1519  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) What is the total budget for the 91 Commonwealth Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) and National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality facilitator positions recently advertised in national newspapers (and now listed on the department’s web site) and being recruited through Effective People Pty Ltd and; and (b) from which program or programs is this funding coming.

(2) (a) How much is Effective People Pty Ltd being paid to recruit these people; and (b) from which program or programs is this funding coming.

(3) Can an organisational chart for the positions be provided showing how they will report to the department.

(4) How is coordination of NHT activities managed with Environment Australia.

(5) How will these facilitators work with state department-employed NHT facilitators and project officers.

(6) Can a copy be provided of all documentation which outlines the rationale for the employment of these facilitators, including how their effectiveness will be measured and/or evaluated.