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Monday, 11 November 2002
Page: 6044

Senator George Campbell asked the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources, upon notice, on 26 September 2002:

(1) Has the Minister, or any of his advisers or departmental officers, met with representatives of Rocklea Spinning Mills Pty Ltd or their agents or advisers to discuss relocating its operations from Moe to Brisbane; if so: (a) when did these meetings take place; (b) where did these meetings take place; (c) who was involved in these meetings; and (d) was a record of these meetings kept; if so, can copies of the records kept be provided.

(2) Was an offer of federal government funding made to the company to relocate the jobs from Moe to Brisbane; if so: (a) how much funding was offered; (b) on what basis would it be provided; and (c) which programs would the funding come from.

(3) Was the Member for Moreton (Mr Hardgrave) or his staff involved in any of the meetings; if so: (a) why; and (b) at which meetings was he or his representative present.

(4) (a) How much funding has Rocklea Spinning Mills Pty Ltd received from the various industry-related programs of the Commonwealth Government since 1996; and (b) for what purpose was this funding provided.

Senator Minchin (Minister for Finance and Administration) —The Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) No.

(2) No.

(3) No, there were no meetings.

(4) Amounts of Commonwealth funding to individual firms are treated as confidential information and are not publicly available.