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Notice given 12 May 2009

1500  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Water—Can all figures be provided of greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation (defined for this question as the deliberate, human-induced conversion of native forest to any land use, including reafforestation or plantation) for each of the past 10 years, including on a state or enterprise basis.

1501  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) Has a date been set for the start of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, following the deferred March 2009 start.

(2) Has the United States Congress approved a commencement of negotiations on the agreement; if so, when does the Minister expect the negotiations to start.

(3) Does the suspension of Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum mean it will not be represented at the forum’s Trade Ministers’ Meeting or Leader’s meeting in 2009.

(4) Will Fiji be part of any decision to initiate a process towards negotiating a free trade agreement between Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island countries, as per the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations.

(5) Will the Government table its priorities, objectives and trade impact assessments of a possible Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before it begins any negotiations, as promised before the 2007 federal election.

1502  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—With reference to the countries that are indebted to Australia: (a) which countries have debts generated by the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC); and (b) for each country, what is the Australian dollar amount of its debt.

1503  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—

(1) With reference to Indonesia’s debts to Australia:

(a) what percentage of its Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC) debt was generated from the Development Import Finance Facility Scheme through the National Interest Account;

(b) what percentage of its EFIC debt has been rescheduled through the Paris Club; and

(c) for each group of rescheduled Paris Club loans, can details be provided of:

(i) the company name,

(ii) the date of the original facility,

(iii) the name of the project,

(iv) the name of the beneficiary,

(v) the dollar amount still outstanding, and

(vi) the terms of agreement (including current rate of interest charged).

(2) What percentage of Indonesia’s total rescheduled payments relate to transactions involving Transfield Construction’s steel bridge projects.

 

 1504  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Trade—With reference to the Development Import Finance Facility loans provided by the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, what is the percentage still outstanding, the percentage that has been rescheduled and the current rate of interest charged for each of the following Transfield Construction Pty Ltd projects:

(a) 1988 Steel Bridges II ($42.9 million);

(b) 1990 Steel Bridges III ($67.6 million); and

(c) 1993 Steel Bridges IV ($10.1 million).

1505  Senator Cash: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—With reference to the Government’s recent $43 billion National Broadband Network announcement:

(1) Will the following towns in Western Australia be serviced by the proposed broadband network: (a) Cue; (b) Mount Magnet; (c) Meekatharra; (d) Herne Hill; (e) Hovea; (f) Gingin; (g) Lancelin; (h) Muchea; (i) Nannup; and (j) Pemberton.

(2) For how long are the abovementioned towns required to wait for connection to true metro-equivalent broadband services.

1507  Senator Macdonald: To ask the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research—(a) For the past 5 years, what Australian Research Council research grants have gone to scientists and researchers associated with work related to climate change; and (b) for each of these grants: (i) who was the recipient, (ii) what was the amount, and (iii) what was the short title of the research.