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Notice given 15 December 2003

2472  Senator Marshall: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to an article which appeared on page 9 of the Herald Sun of 5 December 2003:

(1) What were the terms of reference for the departmental investigation into the Defend and Extend Medicare Group (DEMG).

(2) Who was responsible for initiating the investigation into the DEMG.

(3) When was the investigation launched.

(4) Has the department completed its investigation; if so, when; if not, when will it do so.

 (5) Why was the investigation launched.

(6) Who comprised the investigating group.

(7) Who decided the composition of the investigating group.

(8) What activities did this group undertake in order to investigate DEMG.

(9) Can all of the findings of the investigation be provided; if not, why not.

(10) Can details of the illegal activities of the DEMG be provided; if not, why not.

(11) Can details of the illegal activities of individual members of the DEMG be provided; if not, why not.

(12) What charges, if any, have been laid against members of the DEMG.

(13) (a) What action, if any, is to be taken against members of the DEMG; and (b) if action is to be taken, against whom.

(14) What was the cost of investigating the DEMG.

(15) Can details of other departmental resources used in the investigation be provided; if not, why not.

(16) (a) Who provided the Herald Sun with an ‘internal report prepared by the ministerial officers responsible for investigating DEMG members’; (b) why was this report provided to the Herald Sun ; (c) who authorised the release of the report to the Herald Sun ; (d) is this report available publicly; if not, why not; and (e) can the report be provided; if not, why not.

(17) Which intelligence agency is referred to in the Herald Sun report.

(18) Who requested that the agency undertake the investigation into the members and operations of the DEMG.

(19) Under the provisions of what Act did the intelligence agency undertake its investigation into DEMG. 

(20) Why did an intelligence agency undertake an investigation into DEMG instead of state police.

(21) (a) Which intelligence officers provided the Herald Sun with a briefing on the activities of DEMG; (b) who authorised this briefing; (c) why was this briefing authorised; and (d) can details of the briefing be provided; if not, why not.