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Notice given 23 December 2003

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2484-2486)—

(1) Is the Australian Government or any of its agencies working on underground coal gasification (UCG).

(2) What funding has the Government provided for UCG; if so, to whom and when.

(3) What are the implications of UCG for global warming.

2484 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2485 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2486 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2487-2489)—

(1) (a) Has the Australian Government or any of its agencies provided any funding or in-kind support to FutureGen or to any other United States carbon sequestration research or demonstration projects; if so, how much has been committed; and (b) does the Government have any intention to provide funding or support in the future.

(2) Has the Australian Government held discussions with the US Government in the past 12 months in relation to carbon sequestration; if so, when, who was involved and what was discussed.

(3) What projects are under consideration through the US-Australia Climate Action Partnership.

2487 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2488 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2489 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2490-2492)—With reference to the reported commitment of $200 million to carbon sequestration research and development ( 7.30 Report , 8 December 2003):

(1) Has the Government or any of its agencies been approached to, or given consideration to, funding a demonstration coal gasification or carbon sequestration project, or anything similar; if so, can details be provided.

(2) Has the Government or any of its agencies been approached to commit, or given consideration to committing, additional funding to the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies; if so, can details be provided.

2490 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2491 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

2492 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources