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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.