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Notice given 16 December 2008

1170  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—Has the Government definitively ruled out the presence of cane toads on Australian Defence Force bases in East Timor; if not, why not.

1171  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to interactions between the representatives of tobacco companies and the Rudd Government: Have any ministers or ministerial staff met with representatives of tobacco companies; if so: (a) which ministers or the staff of which ministers have taken part in such meetings; (b) what was the purpose of the meetings; and (c) on what dates did these meetings take place.

1177  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—Given the answer to a question placed on notice (Q3: Rendition of Mamdouh Habib) by former Senator Nettle during the 2008-09 Budget estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, on 4 June 2008, was that, ‘Defence has no record of involvement through meetings or through the provision of advice in the matter of the rendition of Mr Mamdouh Habib’:

(1) How do 85 418 pages of Defence departmental documents fall within the terms of a Freedom of Information request for any reports from 1 October 2001 onwards from Defence or any of its agencies regarding the transfer and/or rendition of Mamdouh Habib to Egypt, with an associated cost of $107 145.55 including 1 038 hours to identify, examine and make decisions on the documents.

(2) How do 82 838 pages of Defence departmental documents fall within the terms of a Freedom of Information request for communications regarding the rendition and/or transfer of prisoners or detainees by the United States of America to other countries (particularly Egypt) for interrogation or questioning, with an associated cost of $85 603.80.

(3) How is such a massive volume of documentation consistent with Defence’s contention in estimates hearings that there are no records relevant to this matter.

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1178-1180)—

(1) What is the total size of the Government’s vehicle fleet, including executive-level vehicles, ministerial vehicles etc.

(2) (a) How many, both as a number and a percentage, of these vehicles are not Australian-made; and (b) for each imported model: (i) what is the make, and (ii) what is the number of that model currently held.

1178 Minister representing the Prime Minister ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 19 December 2008 )

1179 Minister representing the Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation on 18 December 2008 )

1180 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation