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Notice given 10 August 2006

2329  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—Can details be provided of each compensation payment made to Australian veterans of nuclear tests since 1996, including: (a) the date; (b) the amount; (c) the nature of compensable injury; (d) the legislative vehicle through which payment was effected; (e) whether or not the case was the subject of appeal and the outcome of that appeal; and (f) the cost of legal services associated with the case.

2330  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) What is the overall mean level of Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debt in Australia

(2) What is the mean level of HECS debt for those who have completed their courses in Australia.

(3) What is the average HECS debt for those who have completed their courses in Australia.

2332  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How many medical school graduates are there annually.

(2) How many intern places and vocational training places currently exist for medical school graduates.

(3) Given that there will be a 120 per cent increase in the number of medical school graduates in Australia between the years 2000 and 2012, how many intern positions will be required to meet the need for training places in hospitals for these graduates by the year 2012.

(4) What processes are in place to ensure that these training places will be available.

(5) How much funding is provided for medical training in the Australian Health Care Agreements.

(6) Is Federal Government funding to the states/territories for medical training tied to performance benchmarks: if so, what are these benchmarks; if not, why not.

(7) If more medical schools are approved, what processes will be put in place to ensure that there are adequate training places for the additional graduates.

2333  Senator Hurley: To ask the Minister representing the Special Minister of State—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that as of 1 May 2006, the Hon. Andrew Robb MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs: (a) was served by eight personal staff; (b) had a personal staff allocation which exceeded the personal staff allocation of all other parliamentary secretaries; and (c) has a personal staff allocation which exceeds the personal staff allocation of the Minister for Arts and Sport, the Minister for Community Services and the Special Minister of State.

 

 (2) Can an outline be provided of the process that led to the allocation of eight personal staff positions to Mr Robb.

(3) Has the number of staff or classification of Mr Robb’s personal staff changed since 1 May 2006; if so, can details be provided.

(4) (a) What are the permanent work locations of Mr Robb’s current personal staff members; and (b) are any of the permanent work locations within Parliament House; if so, can each office location be provided.