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Notice given 10 October 2002

770  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—In each federal electoral division, for each of the following financial years: (a) 1996-97; and (b) 2001-02:

(1) How many general practitioners provided a bulk billing service.

(2) How many general practitioners bulk billed less than 5 per cent of medical services.

(3) How many general practitioners bulk billed more than 5 per cent but less than 25 per cent of medical services.

(4) How many general practitioners bulk billed more than 25 per cent but less than 50 per cent of medical services.

(5) How many general practitioners bulk billed more than 50 per cent but less than 75 per cent of medical services.

(6) How many general practitioners bulk billed more than 75 per cent but less than 95 per cent of medical services.

(7) How many general practitioners bulk billed more than 95 per cent of medical services.

(8) Assigning each general practitioner to his or her principal practice postcode in the last quarter of the financial year having regard to service volumes, how many general practitioners practiced.

771  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) What is currently the postulated cause of Gulf War syndrome.

(2) What is microplasm.

(3) Have any Australians been subject to Gulf War syndrome.

(4) Is Gulf War syndrome a real condition or has the Government established that it does not exist.

772  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the environmental damage caused by the laying of fibre-optic cable across Mr Metherall’s property in Springhurst, Victoria.

(2) What damage mitigation principles were adhered to in the process of laying the cable on Mr Metherall’s property.

(3) After being forewarned of the potential damage that would be caused to Mr Metherall’s water spring, why did the work continue without consideration of suitable alternative routes.

(4) What access does Mr Metherall have to federal government funding to repair the water spring damage with an estimated cost of $70 000.