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Notice given 1 March 2007

3041  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—Given that the Minister announced on 4 February 2007 an extension of the Continence Aids Assistance Scheme ‘to include people aged 5 years and up’, will the scheme be extended to people aged 65 years and over; if so, what criteria will apply to such applicants.

3042  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the breast cancer cluster which led to the evacuation of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s studios in Toowong, Queensland:

(1) What causal role did extremely low frequency electro-magnetic fields (ELFEMF) have.

(2) Has ELFEMF been eliminated as a cause or contributory factor; if so, on what grounds.

(3) (a) What were the ELFEMF levels measured in the studios; and (b) how much higher than background ELFEMF were the levels.

(4) (a) When were those measurements taken; (b) exactly where were they taken; and (c) by whom.

(5) What are the ELFEMF levels to be expected in a media studio.

(6) Do ELFEMF levels affect melatonin production; if so: (a) how; and (b) how might this relate to breast cancer.