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Notice given 8 October 2003

2191  Senator Murray: To ask the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads—

(1) Is the Minister, in his capacity as Manager of Government Business in the Senate, aware of the following statement made by the Minister for Small Business and Tourism (Mr Hockey) in a Meet the Press interview aired on 14 September 2003: ‘What I do know is the Labor Party and the Democrats are holding up a vast amount of legislation that the Government has put in place in the Senate’.

(2) Does the Minister accept the Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary’s definition of ‘vast’ as ‘immense, huge, very great’.

(3) Can the Minister: (a) provide a list for the Senate of any bill that could conceivably be regarded as being held up, as described by Mr Hockey; and (b) give his reasons for making that judgment.

2193  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—

(1) Is Mr Brian Hallwood, Managing Director of Rio Tinto, a member of a working group that the Minister has asked to provide advice to the Howard Government on Australia’s energy policy.       

(2) Has the Government asked an employee of Rio Tinto or any other corporation in the energy or resources sector to provide advice to the Government on Australia’s energy policy; if so: (a) who was asked; (b) what was asked; and (c) was the person offered payment for the advice.