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Notice given 15 September 2003

2030  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the Minister’s trip to South America in mid-2003:

(1) When did the Minister : (a) depart Australia; and (b) return to Australia.

(2) Who travelled with the Minister .

(3) Who met the cost of the participants' travel and other expenses associated with the trip.

(4) If costs were met by the department, can an itemised list of costs be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Can the Minister’s detailed itinerary be provided; if not, why not.  

2032  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the trip to the United States of America by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in mid-2003:

(1) When did the Parliamentary Secretary : (a) depart Australia; and (b) return to Australia.

(2) Who travelled with the Parliamentary Secretary .

(3) Who met the cost of the participants’ travel and other expenses associated with the trip.

(4) If costs were met by the department, can an itemised list of costs be provided; if not, why not.

(5) Can the Parliamentary Secretary’s detailed itinerary be provided; if not, why not.  

Senator O’Brien: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2034-2064)—

(1) For each of the following financial years: (a) 1996-97; (b) 1997-98; (c) 1998-99; (d) 1999-2000; (e) 2000-01; (f) 2001-02; (g) 2002-03; and (h) 2003-04, has the department or any agency for which the Minister is responsible, including boards, councils, committees and advisory bodies, made payments to the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) for research projects, consultancies , conferences, publications and/or other purposes; if so, (i) how much each payment, (ii) when was each payment made, and (iii) what services were provided.

(2) In relation to each research project or consultancy: (a) when was the IPA engaged; (b) for what time period; (c) what were the terms of reference; (d) what role did the Minister and/or his office have in the engagement of the IPA; (e) was the contract subject to a tender process; if so, was it an open tender or a select tender; if not, why not.

2043 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

2044 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2046 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

2047 Minister for Family and Community Services

2050 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2051 Minister for Justice and Customs

2052 Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation

2054 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business and Tourism

2057 Minister representing the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

2058 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Services

2061 Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer

2067  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1472 (Senate Hansard , 19 August 2003, p. 14004) concerning a Dairy Regional Assistance Program (RAP) grant of $39 974 to the South East New South Wales Area Consultative Committee for the strategic response to dairy RAP project:

(1) Can the Minister explain why he advised that ‘ownership of assets purchased with Dairy RAP funds vests with the funding recipient’ when the Minister’s program information guide states that ‘any assets purchased with Dairy RAP funds will remain the property of the department upon completion or termination of the project, unless the Commonwealth determines otherwise’. 

(2) If the Minister has determined that assets purchased with this grant should be vested in the proponent, can the Minister: (a) explain why; (b) advise what assets were purchased and the value of these assets; and (c) advise on what date this decision was made.