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Notice given 19 September 2002

658  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What is the breakdown, by postcode, of the percentage of unreferred attendances bulk billed for the 12 months ending: (a) 30 June 2000; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2002 (period of processing).

(2) What is the breakdown, by postcode, of the number of unreferred attendances bulk billed for the 12 months ending: (a) 30 June 2000; (b) 30 June 2001; and (c) 30 June 2002 (period of processing).

659  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—On what dates were Medicare figures publicly released for each of the quarters since March 1996.

660  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the $5 million grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to Monash University to establish a national primate breeding and research facility in Churchill, Victoria:

(1) What species will be bred in this new facility.

(2) How many animals will be housed at this facility.

(3) Will any of these animals be sent to other research facilities; if so: (a) can the NHMRC provide a list of the other research facilities that these animals will be sent to; and (b) how will the welfare of these animals be monitored if they leave the breeding facility for other research facilities across Australia.

(4) Will independent animal welfare bodies be given regular access to the breeding facility; if not, why not.

(5) Has an animal ethics committee been chosen for this new facility; if so: (a) can the NHMRC provide a list of the persons on this committee, along with their qualifications and positions; (b) will there be formal reviews of the decisions made by the committee for this facility; if not, why not; if so: (i) how often will these reviews take place, and (ii) what will they entail; and (c) is there a grievance system in place for any member who is unhappy with a decision made by the committee.

661  Senator Murray: To ask the Special Minister of State—Can the following details be provided for each parliamentary political party for each of the following financial years: (a) 1998-99; (b) 1999-2000; and (c) 2000-01:

(1) The total number of non-electorate staff provided by the Commonwealth to parliamentary representatives of the party.

(2) The aggregate amount spent on airfares and travel allowance by the Commonwealth on the non-electorate staff of the party.