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Notice given 24 April 2003

1412  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Was the Parliamentary Secretary, Ms Bailey, advised of the letter from Victorian Premier, Mr Bracks, addressed to the Minister, dated 11 April 2003, with regard to Defence land at Point Nepean; if not, why not; if so, why was the Victorian Government’s request in that letter for ‘a timetable of meetings to enable the range of issues to be address and resolved quickly’ ignored by Ms Bailey.

(2) Is it the case that Ms Bailey had said earlier that day, at a press conference, that she would consider such a meeting.

(3) Did Ms Bailey receive a letter, on 15 April 2003, from Mr Noel of Environment Victoria proposing that she discuss the issue with the Victorian Government at talks brokered by Environment Victoria; if so, why did Ms Bailey ignore this opportunity to resolve the issue.

(4) Why did Ms Bailey the next day call for expressions of interest for the Defence land at Point Nepean.

(5) Does the Government intend to engage in discussions with the Victorian Government over this matter; if so, when.