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Notice given 5 September 2006

2470  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—With reference to the Minister’s announcement of 29 August 2006 that the Government is to invest $3.2 million to protect the orange-bellied parrot:

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the $3.2 million is, as the Minister claims, ‘the largest Australian Government investment in a threatened species’.


 (2) For each of the financial years 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 to date, can a list be provided of all other grants of the above kind, including: (a) the name of the species; (b) the date the grant was announced; (c) the purpose of the grant; and (d) the amount of the grant.

(3) Can a list be provided, in tabular form, comprising the name of the species, the date of any grant(s), the purpose of any grant(s) and the amount of any grant(s), of all specific grants to: (a) the 16 animal species listed as critically endangered under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ; (b) the 129 animal species listed as endangered under the Act; and (c) the 192 species listed as vulnerable under the Act.

2473  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) What is the status of the Government’s evaluation of Australian participation in the next stage of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project.

(2) Did the Government, for example, set up a joint departmental committee; if not, why not.

(3) With reference to the Government’s involvement in an international workshop, ‘Towards an Australian involvement in ITER’, scheduled for October 11 to 13 2006, in Sydney: (a) who will comprise the Government delegation that will attend the workshop; and (b) what are the names of the delegates.