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Notice given 25 September 2002

690  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—

(1) On what statutory basis does a person retain liability for a Centrelink debt after a period of bankruptcy.

(2) On what statutory basis does a person lose liability for a Centrelink debt after a period of bankruptcy.

691  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—On what statutory basis does a person lose his or her liability after a period of bankruptcy.

692  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) In which peacekeeping missions have Australian military forces participated since the end of World War II, either: (i) under the auspices of the United Nations, (ii) under multilateral arrangements, and (iii) under bilateral arrangements; (b) what was the period involved; and (c) how many personnel were engaged on each mission.

(2) Which missions were covered by: (a) Schedule 2; and (b) Schedule 3, of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 .

(3) For each mission covered by the Act, how many claims for disability compensation have been accepted at: (a) the general rate; and (b) the special rate.

(4) For each mission, how many lives were lost.

(5) (a) Which missions remain current; and (b) how many personnel are engaged.

(6) (a) How many missions involving Australian Defence Force service overseas have there been in the same period involving the delivery of humanitarian assistance; and (b) in each case, how many personnel participated.

(7) Service in which peacekeeping missions is eligible for the recently-announced certificates of appreciation to be issued to peacekeepers under the Saluting Their Service Program.

693  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs—

(1) With reference to the answer to a question asked at an estimates hearing of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee on 4 June 2002, concerning the monopoly of hospital services to veterans in the Perth metropolitan area: Did the President of the Repatriation Commission express the view that the contract with Ramsay Health Care did ‘not provide a sole provider status to Ramsay health care’; if so, what consideration has the commission given to the extension of tier-one hospitals to additional providers in the Perth and Brisbane metropolitan areas.

(2) Are Perth and Brisbane the only cities in which exclusive coverage of veterans by tier-one health care hospitals has been effectively given to former repatriation hospitals.

(3) Have discussions with Ramsay Health Care included any suggestion that other tier-one hospitals be contracted; if so, what was its reaction.

(4) What discussion has the commission or the department had with the ex-service community in Perth and Brisbane to ascertain their views on the extension of tier-one hospitals in those cities.

694  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs—

(1) What is the cost and duration of the trial of the Smart Card being conducted on the New South Wales central coast.

(2) What information will the card contain.

(3) How is the project being funded.

(4) When will an evaluation of the project be published.

(5) (a) Who is the contractor engaged; and (b) what tender process was employed.

(6) Is it planned that, if successful, such a facility will be included on the Gold Card.

(7) Is permission being sought from veterans to participate in the trial.

696  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs—

(1) Are general practitioners (GP) in rural areas being paid at 110 per cent of the Comprehensive Medical Billing Services for services provided to Gold Card holders; if so: (a) by what authority has this concession been granted; (b) how many GPs are entitled to this concession; and (c) what is the justification for this concession, given that other GPs are limited to 100 per cent.

(2) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 682 (House of Representative Hansard , 23 September 2002, p. 6806): Of the 77 specialists who have advised that they will no longer accept the Gold Card, what is the distribution by: (a) specialty; and (b) postcode.

(3) How many: (a) dentists; and (b) periodontists, have informed the department that they will no longer accept the Gold Card.

(4) Have any allied health providers advised the department that they will no longer accept the Gold Card.

697  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs—

(1) Is a review being conducted of the tier-one hospital arrangements; if so: (a) by whom; (b) at what cost; (c) in what time frame; and (d) what are the terms of reference.

(2) Has a steering committee been appointed; if so, is the ex-service community represented.

(3) Will it include an independent cost-benefit study of private versus public hospital treatment costs.

698  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—Has Harris-Daishowa (Australia) Pty Ltd, or any private or public agency on its behalf, prepared a study into the establishment of a pulpmill in the Eden-Monaro region of New South Wales; if so: (a) who conducted the study; (b) what were its principal findings; (c) when was it undertaken; and (d) is it a public document.