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Notice given 8 January 2003

1073  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—In response to the answer to question on notice no. 816 (Senate Hansard, 19 November 2002, p. 6809) and the failure to answer part (b) of that question, and noting the Minister’s assurance that the Australian Forest Standard (AFS) was “intentionally drafted” for compatibility with international standards: In what specific way is the AFS different (more strident or lax) than international standards.

1074  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—With reference to the Chief Scientist, Dr Robin Batterham: (a) what has been his total income from his appointment; (b) what fringe benefits have applied, and what is the value of these; (c) what is his annual wage; and (d) what costs have been paid for Dr Batterham’s travel, to what destinations, and for what purpose has each of his paid journeys been made.

1075  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—On what dates and for what purpose has the Chief Scientist, Dr Robin Batterham, met with: (a) the Prime Minister; (b) the Minister for Science and (c) other Ministers (please specify).

1076  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—Has the Chief Scientist, Dr Robin Batterham, ever been accompanied by representatives of Rio Tinto when meeting the Prime Minister or other ministers; if so: (a) who were those representatives; (b) when did the meetings take place, where and for what purpose; and (c) what was the outcome of each such meeting?

1077  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—With reference to the Government’s $137 million loan to Rio Tinto subsidiary Comalco in October 2001: (a) when will the loan be repaid; (b) what is the interest rate and what are the other terms and conditions of the loan; (c) for what purpose will the loan be, or has the loan been, spent; (d) what is the mineral industry research to be undertaken using the $35 million component which has gone to the Rio Tinto Foundation; and (e) how does this relate to Comalco’s Gladstone refinery.

1078  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—What representations has the Australian Government made regarding the mining industry’s operations in Indonesian rainforest reserves (for example, Rio Tinto in the Poboya Protected Forest in Sulawesi) to: (a) the Indonesian Government; (b) Rio Tinto; (c) other Australian mining interests; (d) world environment bodies.