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Notice given 29 August 2001

3859  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) What is the Government’s position with regard to the separate listing in the White Pages of people who share the same telephone line but not the same surname.

(2) What is the current procedure if customers request separate listings.

3860  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Did the Government pass a resolution that people with hearing difficulties should be able to receive television programs with captions Australia-wide.

(2) Does the Government recognise that people with reading difficulties also need the same consideration as the hearing impaired.

(3) Will the Government give people with reading difficulties the same consideration given to those with hearing difficulties.

(4) What is the Government’s position on people with reading difficulties.

3861  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Have any studies been performed to determine which substances are emitted from fighter aircraft (and at what levels) whilst flying missions over the Salt Ash air weapons range; if not, why not; if so, can the Minister release these studies and give an assurance that there are no adverse health impacts that these substances would have on the residents of the Salt Ash, Tanilba Bay, Malibula, Swan Bay, Oyster Cove and Lemon Tree Passage communities.

(2) Have any studies been undertaken on toxic accumulation in oyster farms in the run-off area under the flight paths of the aircraft using the Salt Ash air weapons range; if so, can the Minister give an assurance that the range is not contributing to the levels of toxic substances found in oysters harvested from these farms.

(3) Can the Minister explain why defence personnel fuelling aircraft at the Williamtown RAAF base, in preparation for flights over the range, are issued with protective clothing.

(4) Can the Minister explain why defence personnel cleaning aircraft at the Williamtown RAAF base, after returning from missions over the range, are issued with protective clothing.

(5) (a) Can the Minister explain why the range relocation study rejected Singleton and Tea Gardens; and (b) does the Minister accept these reasons as being sufficient.

(6) Does the Minister agree that reasons outlined in the current range relocation study identify the inappropriateness of the present location of the Salt Ash air weapons range.

(7) Is it a fact that noise levels in some residences and businesses in Salt Ash and other areas, resulting from RAAF aircraft flying missions over the air weapons range, reach levels that exceed occupational health and safety standards that exist in most workplaces; if so, can the Minister explain why the continued operation of the Salt Ash range is acceptable in a residential neighbourhood.

(8) Have any risk analysis studies been performed on the likelihood of a severe or life-threatening accident involving aircraft using the Salt Ash air weapons range and residents of adjacent communities; if so, will the Minister release these studies to the local communities affected.