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21 February 2011

194  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—In respect of paragraph 2.1.2 of the NBN Co Limited’s Fibre Access Services: Product Overview (August 2010), which says that access seekers will have ‘…the option to add incremental CIR [Committed Information Rate] bandwidth to support “just-in-time and real-time” applications such as voice and video.’: does this mean that access seekers wishing to offer a voice only service will need to pay a premium, beyond the $24 per month entry level NBN product, to obtain a CIR product suitable to support voice services; if so, what is the minimum monthly total wholesale price that an access seeker will be required to pay for this product.

DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. 195 - 196)—

(1) Without identifying any individual medical practices or any individual medical practitioner, how many Medicare provider numbers have been issued in total to the (a) eight GP Super Clinics wh ich are operational, (b) remaining 28 GP Super Clinics from 2007-08 election commitments which are not yet operational, and (c) 28 GP Super Clinics which are 2010-11 commitments.

(2) How many of the provider numbers in part (1) have been issued to medical practitioners who are recognised as general practitioners by Medicare Australia.

(3) How many services have been billed to Medicare against the provider numbers in (a) part (1), and (b) part (2).

195  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing.

196  DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing.

197   MR SLIPPER: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1)  Are there any funding restrictions in place which would preclude the establishment of any new Australian Army, Air Force and Navy cadets groups in secondary schools and elsewhere in the community; if so, what are these restrictions.

(2) Will the Government consider providing funding to establish more cadets groups in secondary schools and elsewhere in the community; if not, why not.

198   MR SLIPPER: To ask the Prime Minister—

(1) Is the Government planning to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the accession to the Throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012; if so, how; if not, why not.

(2) Is the Government creating a commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to honour both Her Majesty and the significant contributions and achievements by Australians (as the Canadian Government is doing); if not, why not.

199   MR FLETCHER: To ask the Prime Minister—

(1) In respect of the press statement made by Mr Rudd on 7 April 2009, in which he said that ‘It has been estimated that innovation from information and communications technology is the biggest driver of business productivity. It drives 78 per cent of productivity gains in service business and 85 per cent in manufacturing.’, is she able to confirm that the source of these claims was: (a) Revesez, J., Anderssen, H. and Boldeman, L. (2004), ‘Productivity growth in Australian manufacturing’, NOIE Occasional Economic Paper, Australian Government National Office for the Information Economy, Canberra, ACT, page 59; and (b) Revesez, J., Anderssen, H. and Boldeman, L. (2005), ‘Productivity growth in service industries’, DCTIA Occasional Economic Paper, Australian Government Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Canberra, ACT, page 68.

(2) Is she able to say whether the percentages stated in Mr Rudd’s speech were estimates of the upper range of the expected productivity gains or estimates of the actual expected productivity gains from innovations from information and communication techn ology.

(3) Can she confirm that the research covered all technological factors and not only information and communications technological factors.

(4) Can she explain how the research supports the Government’s policy.

200   MR IRONS: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport—In respect of the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport’s report The effectiveness of Airservices Australia’s management of aircraft noise (2 July 2010), (a) why did the Government not respond within three months, and (b) when will the Government respond.

201   DR SOUTHCOTT: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—For each of the eight GP Super Clinics that are operational, on what days of the week and over what span of hours is a general practitioner available to see patients.

202   MR SIMPKINS: To ask the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities—

(1) In each calendar year since 1997, how many coral bleaching incidents have occurred on (a) the Great Barrier Re ef, and (b) Ningaloo Reef.

(2) On what (a) date, and (b) part of the reef, did each incident occur; and what was the size of each affected area.