Senate debates

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Questions without Notice: Additional Answers


Photo of Joe LudwigJoe Ludwig (Queensland, Australian Labor Party, Manager of Government Business in the Senate) Share this | Hansard source

Mr Deputy President, I take the opportunity to congratulate you. I think this is the first time I have addressed you in your new role.

On 4 July 2011 I undertook to provide additional information on questions by Senator Milne about government funding for Aprin Logging to acquire the Triabunna Woodchip Mill from Gunns Ltd. The Australian government has not been approached about providing funding for the sale of the Triabunna mill. I am advised that a loan is under consideration by the Tasmanian Development Board, which was established by the Tasmanian government. The Australian government has not been involved in discussions with the Tasmanian government and individuals from Aprin Logging. Questions about any potential loan arrangements should be addressed to the Tasmanian government. Finally, I am not aware of any requests for funding from the Australian government. They can, like any entity, lodge applications under relevant government programs, should they meet eligibility criteria.


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