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Senator SIEWERT:  You said that you are still sending off Mark 1 boxes, and we are talking about Mark 4 boxes. How many Mark 4s are you aware of that Indonesia is currently using?

Senator Ludwig:  We can take it on notice and then the MLA will be here later on this evening—

CHAIR:  They are likely to have an accurate estimate of it.

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Senator SIEWERT:  In your 2007-08 department annual report there was a project by Access Economics which was around developing—this is a BRS project, actually—an Excel model to estimate the potential environmental and economic impacts of various greenhouse gas mitigation strategies for Australian farmers. Has that report ever been tabled or released? 

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Green light for new food labelling

The Australian Greens say a new system of food labelling announced today by Sanitarium should be introduced for all food and beverage products to help consumers make informed purchasing decisions.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens health spokesperson said today that providing consumers with more accessible information was an important step in supporting healthy choices to address Australia's growing obesity crisis.

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Coal Seam Gas Industry (Question No. 210)

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

(1) Have any studies been conducted into the cumulative effects of the coal seam gas industry on the area.

(2) What measures are in place to assess and manage the cumulative effects of the multiple coal seam gas mines.

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GM Contamination

Community Affairs Wednesday 23 February

Senator SIEWERT—You are probably aware of Mr Marsh’s case in Western Australia. It has certainly been a hot topic of conversation for many people in WA. Have you relooked at your processes or what level of involvement you have had since that case has come to light and since part of Mr Marsh’s property has been decertified?

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Native vegetation on private land

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—I understand you have started a project called drivers and barriers to the management of native vegetation on private land.

Mr Glyde—Correct.

Senator SIEWERT—I cannot find it very easily. Where would I find the details about that particular project?

Mr Morris—The project is still underway. It was one, I believe, contracted to us from the sustainable resource management area of the department. But if you would like a copy of the terms of reference—

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Beyond Farming

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

Mr Noble—I can, if you wish. The program you refer to is called Beyond Farming. It is a program delivered by the WA Council of Social Service. They sought expressions of interest for people to become mentors, so former farmers to become mentors to current farmers. We can provide details about the selection process for those mentors, if you would like.

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