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Notice given 2 April 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1371-1374)—

(1) (a) Does the department or any of its agencies hold unpublished data from Roam Consulting, dated 2002, relating to electricity costs for new entrants, comparing ‘zero emissions’ coal with other fuels including conventional coal, gas combined cycle and renewables; (b) for whom was this data prepared; (c) what was the cost of the work; (d) who paid for it; (e) what was the estimated cost of electricity generated from ‘zero emissions’ coal and what information was used to derive this estimate; and (f) can a copy of the data be provided.

(2) (a) Has unpublished data from Roam Consulting relating to the cost of ‘zero emissions’ coal been used in reports or advice provided to the Minister in the past 2 years, including reports and advice from the Chief Scientist; if so, can the following details be provided: title, author, date, nature of the advice or report, and its purpose; (b) what was the estimated cost of electricity generated from ‘zero emissions’ coal and what information was used to derive this estimate; (c) for whom was the data prepared; and (d) can a copy of the information be provided.

1374 Minister representing the Minister for Science