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Notice given 7 August 2007

3430  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) When is it expected that the Minister will answer questions on notice no. 447, notice of which was given on 10 March 2005, and no. 477, notice of which was given on 18 March 2005, concerning the failure of the Government, in 2005, to properly protect Australia’s interests at Anzac Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

(2) What is the current state of road works at Anzac Cove with respect to remediation work on the coastal road and the proposed upgrade of the road at Loan Pine.

(3) What progress has been made in the preparation of a plan of management and other associated matters, agreed with the Prime Minister of Turkey.

(4) Since the meeting of the Prime Ministers, how much has been spent by the Australian Government on the plan, and for what purpose.

(5) Since 25 April 2005, on how many occasions have departmental officials visited Turkey, and for what purpose.

3431  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How much has been spent by the Australian Government to date on establishing the proposed Australia-New Zealand Therapeutic Products Authority (ANZTPA).

 

 (2) Did the department undertake a risk assessment before commencing negotiations on the joint regulatory scheme for therapeutic products; if so, did the risk assessment consider the likelihood of the New Zealand Parliament refusing to pass the necessary enabling legislation.

(3) What action will be undertaken to analyse the issues raised by opponents of the joint agency in regard to regulatory complexity, the need for separate risk management processes for complementary healthcare products and concerns about increased costs to the community for complementary healthcare products.

(4) (a) What alternative options or models for harmonisation are under consideration; (b) what is the timeline for this new process; (c) what consultation processes will be undertaken; and (d) who will be involved.

(5) Will any new harmonisation model include governance and standards setting for complementary medicines that separates their risk management from much higher risk medicines.

(6) Under the proposed joint authority, would New Zealand have had to accept the obligations Australia faces as part of the free trade agreement with the United States of America, in particular, the requirement that generic pharmaceutical companies must notify drug manufacturers of their intention to enter the market with a low-cost copy of a branded drug.

(7) Is the department aware of any negative feedback regarding the stakeholder consultations held as part of the process for establishing the trans-Tasman regulator; if so, what is the nature of this feedback.

3432  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—With reference to the transcript of an interview on the Australian Broadcasting Commission’s Insiders program of 5 August 2007, in which the Minister stated he had been a patron of a pro-life organisation, Life Decisions International (LDI), for ‘about 10 years’:

(1) Given that, according to the website of LDI, www.fightpp.org, the Minister is an honorary advisor, can the Minister confirm exactly how long he has been an honorary advisor to the organisation.

(2) How long has the Minister been associated, in any way, with LDI.

(3) Given the Minister’s statement in the interview, on his position as patron of LDI, that ‘it’s been on my declaration of interests forever and a day or ever since I’ve been a patron of it. That’s that’, when did the Minister first declare his position as patron of LDI on the register of members’ interests.

(4) With reference to the 2002 register of members’ interests in which the Minister referred to his position with LDI as ‘advisor’, and not a patron, is it the case that the Minister is an advisor, given that, according to the LDI website, he is an honorary advisor to LDI.

(5) Is the Mrs Margaret Andrews listed on the LDI website as a board member the Minister’s wife; if so: (a) how long has Mrs Andrews been an advisory board member, honorary advisor or patron of LDI; and (b) when did the Minister first declare Mrs Andrews’ position with LDI in the register of members’ interests.

(6) Does the Minister support the economic boycott of organisations that support planned parenthood or other similar groups.

 

 (7) Given that, during the Insiders interview, the Minister stated, in relation to a question about whether he supported LDI’s boycotting of corporations and organisations that donated money to planned parenthood or other similar family planning organisations, that ‘I’m not involved in their day-to-day operations. I’m a patron of it. I’m not running away from that’ and given that patrons normally expected to support the activities of an organisation they represent, of the following LDI projects which does the Minister approve of, agree with, support, or advocate for: (a) Celebrating Chastity; (b) Community Action; (c) Corporate Funding (Boycott); (d) Celebrity Watch; (e) Organisation Watch; (f) Prayer Project; and (g) Project Teach.

(8) Was the Minister a patron, on the advisory board, an honorary advisor or associated in any way with LDI when he chaired the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into human cloning.

(9) In regard to the organisations or companies referred to in the LDI media release of 24 July 2007, ‘New Boycott Targets Named’, as being on the LDI’s The Boycott List or in the ‘revised and significantly expanded “Dishonourable Mention” section’: (a) has the Minister had any dealings with any of these organisations, or their Australian equivalent, either in his capacity as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship or his former capacity as Minister for Workplace Relations or Minister for Aged Care; if so: (i) which organisations, and (ii) have any of these organisations been disadvantaged because of the Minister’s patronage of LDI; and (b) has the Minister personally boycotted any of these organisations or their Australian equivalents.

(10)  How long has the Minister been a member of: (i) Marriage Education Programme Inc; and (b) Marriage and Relationship Educators Association Australia (MAREAA, formerly known as MEAA).

(11) (a) What is the Minister’s role in the Marriage Education Programme Inc; (b) is the Minister’s role in the organisation as an educator; (c) how long has he performed this role; and (d) does the Minister receive a fee in this role, or for any other work undertaken for Marriage Education Programme Inc or LDI.

(12) (a) Is Mrs Andrews the convenor of Marriage Education Programme Inc; (b) does she receive fees for her work with the organisation; and (c) since 1997, how much federal funding has Marriage Education Programme Inc received.

(13) Is Mrs Andrews the editor of Threshold Magazine ; (b) does she receive a fee for her work for the magazine; and (c) since 1997, how much federal funding has this magazine received.

(14) Is it the case that the Minister, together with Mrs Andrews, developed the newsletter Modern Marriage during the time he was chair of the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into aspects of family services

(15) Does Threshold Magazine form any part of services provided for a fee by Marriage Education Programme Inc.

 

 (16) With reference to recommendations 14 and 20 of the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee report To have and to hold : (a) is Marriage Education Programme Inc a recipient under recommendation 14; and (b) did, or do, the Minister or Mrs Andrews benefit financially, directly or indirectly, from either of these recommendations.

(17) At the time of the inquiry, did the Minister make a declaration on the register of members’ interests at the time of the inquiry regarding Mrs Andrews’ interest in Threshold Magazine .

(18) At the time of the inquiry, did the Minister make a declaration in the register of members’ interests regarding Mrs Andrews’ interest in Marriage Education Programme Inc.