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Notice given 7 November 2003

2365  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1227 (Senate Hansard 10 September 2003, p. 14263): (a) what representations have the Government made to the Indonesian Government about the shooting of Elsye Rumbiak Bonai, her daughter and others; and (b) what information has the Indonesian Govenment supplied.

2366  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1820 (Senate Hansard , 11 September 2003, p.15078): Have there been any direct or indirect exchanges of information about Father Frank Brennan between the Australian Government and the Government of Nauru.

2367  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to a report in the Sunday Tasmanian of 5 October 2003:

(1) What evidence does the Government accept as demonstrating an increase in cancer rates associated with British nuclear weapons testing in Australia.

(2) Are some forms of cancer increased by radioactive fallout from such tests; if so, which.

(3) Will the Government institute a thorough, independent, investigation into the issue.

2368  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) (a) What was the expenditure of the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service (VVCS) by state for the financial years: (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-01, (iii) 2001-02 and (iii) 2002-03; and (b) what were the allocations by state for 2003-04.

(2) (a) What programs does the VVCS currently run in each state; (b) what is the current allocation to each program; (c) how many clients have participated in each program in the past 3 years; and (d) what is the average length of participation.

(3) Which programs have been professionally evaluated in each of the past 3 years.

(4) Given that the health program is funded from a standing appropriation: (a) why are the funds allocated to VVCS programs capped; and (b) what is the decision-making process in determining annual allocations.

(5) For each office of the VVCS, how may permanent staff are employed.

(6) (a) By postcode, how many contract counsellors are accredited to the VVCS; (b) what was the average number of veteran clients counselled during the 2002-03 financial year; and (c) what was the average total payment made to counsellors in the 2002-03 financial year.

(7) (a) How many Vietnam Veterans’ were admitted to psychiatric care in the 2002-03 financial year; and (b) what was the average length of stay.

(8) (a) How many psychiatric institutions are currently accredited to the Repatriation Commission; and (b) how much was paid in total to each, by name, in the 2002-03 financial year.

(9) What is the weekly cost of psychiatric care at: (a) St John of God at Richmond and Burwood; and (b) Eversham at Neutral Bay, New South Wales; and (i) how much was paid in total to each establishment in the 2002-03 financial year, and (ii) how many veteran clients did each treat.

(10) Has the department received any complaints about the standard of care at any psychiatric service provider institution in the year 2003 to date; if so, how many were made in respect of each institution.

2369  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—What was the brand, type and replacement value of each of the computers stolen from the Australian Customs Service at Sydney Airport on 27 August 2003.

2370  Senator Kirk: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) In respect of minors who ‘self-harm’ while in detention centres, can a breakdown be provided of: (a) age; (b) country of origin; (c) sex; (d) nature of self-harm; and (d) whether or not the minor resides with other family members.

(2) What definition of ‘self-harm’ is used to collect these statistics.

(3) What actions have been taken by the department to ensure the physical and mental health of: (a) minors who have ‘self-harmed’; and (b) minors deemed at risk of ‘self-harm’.