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Notice given 14 October 2003

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *2212-*2242)— With reference to the statement entitled Short Term Assistance To Ethanol Industry of 22 July 2003, relating to the appointment by the Commonwealth of a facilitator to assist the Manildra Group, has the department had communications with the facilitator in relation to increasing the use of fuel ethanol in the department’s fleet of vehicles; if so:

(a) What was the form of the communications and when they were made; (b) have any records been kept of the communications; if so, can these records be made available; if not, why not; and (c) what were the specific aims and outcomes of the communications.

*2212 Minister representing the Prime Minister

*2213 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

*2214 Minister representing the Treasurer

*2215 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

*2216 Minister for Defence

*2217 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

*2218 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

*2219 Minister representing the Attorney-General

*2220 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

*2221 Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

*2222 Minister for Finance and Administration

*2223 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

*2224 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

*2225 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

*2226 Minister for Family and Community Services

*2227 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

*2228 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

*2229 Minister for Justice and Customs

*2230 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

*2231 Minister for the Arts and Sport

*2232 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

*2233 Minister representing the Minister for Science

*2234 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

*2235 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services

*2236 Special Minister of State

*2237 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

*2238 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

*2239 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

*2240 Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

*2241 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

*2242 Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *2243-*2273)— For each of the financial years 2001-02 and 2002-03 can the following details be provided in relation to paper and paper products:

(1) How much has been spent by the department on these products.

(2) From which countries of origin has the department sourced these products.

(3) From which companies has the department sourced these products.

(4) What was the percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the department by country.

(5) What was the percentage of the total of paper and paper products in value (in AUD) sourced by the department by company.

(6) What steps has the department taken to ensure that paper and paper products sourced by the department from other countries comply with the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard .

*2243 Minister representing the Prime Minister

*2244 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

*2245 Minister representing the Treasurer

*2246 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

*2247 Minister for Defence

*2248 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

*2249 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

*2250 Minister representing the Attorney-General

*2251 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

*2252 Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

*2253 Minister for Finance and Administration

*2254 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

*2255 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

*2256 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

*2257 Minister for Family and Community Services

*2258 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

*2259 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

*2260 Minister for Justice and Customs

*2261 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

*2262 Minister for the Arts and Sport

*2263 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

*2264 Minister representing the Minister for Science

*2265 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

*2266 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services

*2267 Special Minister of State

*2268 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

*2269 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

*2270 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

*2271 Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

*2272 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

*2273 Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *2274-*2304)— In relation to the department’s vehicle fleet:

(1) How many litres of petrol did the department use for its fleet in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(2) How many litres of petrol blended with fuel ethanol did the department’s fleet use in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(3) What steps are being taken to ensure that the department’s fleet can operate on fuel ethanol (E10) safely and without voiding any manufacturer’s warranty.

(4) What steps are being taken to ensure that the department uses fuel ethanol (E10) in its fleet.

(5) How many litres of diesel did the department’s fleet use in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(6) How many litre of biodiesel did the department’s fleet use in each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

(7) What steps are being taken to ensure that the fleet can operate on biodiesel safely and without voiding any manufacturer’s warranty.

(8) What steps are being taken to ensure that the department uses biodiesel in the department’s fleet of vehicles.

*2274 Minister representing the Prime Minister

*2275 Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services

*2276 Minister representing the Treasurer

*2277 Minister representing the Minister for Trade

*2278 Minister for Defence

*2279 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs

*2280 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

*2281 Minister representing the Attorney-General

*2282 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

*2283 Minister representing the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts

*2284 Minister for Finance and Administration

*2285 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

*2286 Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs

*2287 Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training

*2288 Minister for Family and Community Services

*2289 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

*2290 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

*2291 Minister for Justice and Customs

*2292 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

*2293 Minister for the Arts and Sport

*2294 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

*2295 Minister representing the Minister for Science

*2296 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

*2297 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services

*2298 Special Minister of State

*2299 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

*2300 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

*2301 Minister representing the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs

*2302 Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

*2303 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing

*2304 Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women

*2305  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the pursuit of the Viarsa and the Minister’s joint statement (reference AFFA 03/167M) of 28 August 2003, in which it was announced that the ocean going tug the John Ross would assist in the pursuit of the Viarsa :

(1) Can the Minister confirm that at the time the John Ross joined the pursuit of the Viarsa, it was engaged in salvaging a fully laden container ship the Sealand Express at a beach close to Cape Town.

(2) Did the John Ross complete the salvage of the Sealand Express prior to joining the pursuit of the Viarsa ; if not, was this due to the urgency with which the John Ross was required to join the pursuit .

(3) What were the exact objectives given by the Commonwealth to the owners of the John Ross when commissioned by the Commonwealth to join the pursuit.

(4) Can a copy of any contract or other documentation between the Commonwealth and the owners of the John Ross in relation to the pursuit be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Can details be provided of vessels other than the John Ross which were considered , and whether the owners of these alternative vessels were approached by the Commonwealth.

(6) How much (in AUD) did the owners of each vessel request of the Commonwealth in return for that vessel joining the pursuit .

(7) What were the specific capabilities of each vessel considered.

(8) Why did the Commonwealth choose not to proceed with the hire of each of these other vessels.

(9) Was the John Ross required to undertake salvage or towing operations to directly assist the Southern Supporter or any other vessel involved in the pursuit; if so, can full details be provided of the tasks undertaken by the John Ross in direct salvage or towing assistance of the Southern Supporter or any other vessel involved in the pursuit; if not, why not.