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Notice given 3 August 2005

1044  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Would the banning of Australian investors from obtaining majority ownership in Chinese steel mills, be accepted in an Australia-China free trade agreement; if so, would Australia reciprocate.

(2) Does a free trade agreement entail restrictions on ownership or investment; if so, to what degree.

1045  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—With reference to the 1996 Blackhawk helicopter tragedy:

(1) (a) Are the pensions and other payments made to widows, family members or other dependents, secure; and (b) in what circumstances could any of these payments be withdrawn or cease.

(2) In the event of other payments being secured, for example from an involved third party, will there be any review of government payments; if so, what type of review.

(3) Will the government review its payments to improve the circumstances of payees.

1046  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to aerial spraying of chemicals on Australian crop lands: (a) what information does the Government have and what is its understanding of the ability for spray to drift beyond target land; and (b) has the possibility of drift over distances of kilometres beyond target land been dismissed; if so, how and by whom; if not, what safety standards have been instigated or put in place by relevant Government departments and agencies.

1047  Senator Hutchins: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can information be provided on directives, guidelines or other instructions, issued or developed by the department or the wider Australian Defence Organisation (ADO), regarding the procurement and contracting of transport services by the Commonwealth for either the department or wider ADO, including the Australian Defence Force.

(2) Can information be provided on: (a) when contracts were agreed to; (b) the entity with which the Commonwealth has contracted; and (c) the total costs of the contracts for the 2003-04 financial year.