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25 February 2010

1268  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs—In respect of the contract provided to Saatchi and Saatchi to conduct a campaign on behalf of the Government to discourage illegal arrivals to Australia:

(1)  What is the total monetary value of the contract and what sum had been spent as at 25 February 2010.

(2) In how many countries is this campaign being undertaken.

(3) What specific sum has been allocated to (a) agency fees, (b) travel and accommodation and other incidental expenses by the agency, (c) production expenses such as talent fees, and (d) equipment hire and the like.

(4) As at 25 February 2010, how many: (a) volley ball nets and fishing nets had been purchased and distributed, to what locations, and at what total cost; (b) street theatre performances had been undertaken, in what locations and at what total cost; and (c) actors had been engaged to conduct these performances, at what total cost (including meals, accommodation and travel expenses), and what fees were paid to script writers, directors and drama coaches to support these performances.

(5) What other initiatives have been undertaken as part of this campaign and what is planned for the future.

(6) As at 25 February 2010, what measures were in place to assess the effectiveness of the campaign, and how did the performance rate against these measures.

1270  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—As a matter of procedure, are persons detained for the purposes of the assessment of asylum claims within an immigration detention centre advised that (a) providing false and misleading information to Commonwealth officials, and (b) obstruction of Commonwealth officials concerning their inquiries, are criminal offences resulting in a sentence of twelve months or two years; if not, why not.

1273  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Treasurer—Is the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) discontinuing the free program for small businesses known as e-record; if so, (a) why, (b) how many e-record users will it affect, and (c) what will the ATO do to assist them with alternative tax reporting methods.

1277  MR DUTTON: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—What is the projected growth rate of private health insurance membership (a) over the forward estimates, (b) over the next 10 years, and (c) for the period to 2047, both incorporating and not incorporating the proposed changes of the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2009, Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2009 and Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Bill 2009.

1278  MR DUTTON: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—What is the projected private health insurance membership coverage for both general and hospital cover (a) over the forward estimates, (b) over the next 10 years, and (c) for the period to 2047, both incorporating and not incorporating the proposed changes of the Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives Bill 2009, Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge) Bill 2009 and Fairer Private Health Insurance Incentives (Medicare Levy Surcharge—Fringe Benefits) Bill 2009.

1281  MR DUTTON: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What incentives are available for General Practitioners to relocate to GP Super Clinics .

(2) As at 25 February 2010, how many: (a) General Practitioners had c laimed incentives to relocate to GP Super Clinics ; (b) overseas trained doctors were working at GP Super Clinics that were not in a recognised District of Workforce Shortage; and (c) doctors working in GP Super Clinics not in Districts of Workforce Shortage had been granted an exemption to the Health Insurance Act 1973 , section 19AB.

(3) What were the reason(s) for the exemptions in part (2)(c), and how many other doctors during the same period and in the same Australian Standard Geographic Classification area had been granted an exemption to the Health Insurance Act 1973 section 19AB for the same reason(s).

1284  MR DUTTON: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—How many registered and enrolled nurses were employed in Australia each calendar year from 1995 to 2009.