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Notice given 3 March 2003

1239  Senator Sherry: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal:

(1) Does each tribunal maintain lists of the number of cases determined by each member; if so, can a copy of these lists be provided.

(2) (a) Has the Remuneration Tribunal determined a special remuneration payable to the principal member of the two tribunals only while Mr Karas occupies those positions; and (b) is this the result of a special arrangement between Mr Karas and the Minister.

(3) What are the total costs to the Commonwealth: (a) of the Sydney apartment provided for Mr Karas; and (b) for travel between Brisbane for Mr Karas and his wife.

(4) (a) What is the frequency of Mr Karas’ travel between Sydney and Brisbane; and (b) what was his shortest stay in Sydney when travel was funded by the Commonwealth.

1240  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What is the current number of nursing home type patients in public hospitals; (b) what is the breakdown of this number by state; and (c) what is the median and average length of stay after classification as a nursing home patient before the patient leaves the hospital.

(2) What is the current number of nursing home type patients in private hospitals; (b) what is the breakdown of this number by state; and (c) what is the median and average length of stay after classification as a nursing home patient before the patient leaves the hospital.

(3) Of the 121 divisions of general practice, how many have on their boards of directors: (a) an allied health professional; (b) a non-medical practitioner hospital representative; (c) a non-medical practitioner community health representative; and (d) a consumer organisation representative.

(4) Of the state-based organisations for divisions of generals practice, how many have on their boards of directors: (a) an allied health professional; (b) a non-medical practitioner hospital representative; (c) a non-medical practitioner community health representative; and (d) a consumer organisation representative.

(5) What is the professional representation of the board of the Australian Divisions of General Practice (ADGP); and (b) does it include: (i) an allied health professional, (ii) a non-medical practitioner hospital representative, (iii) a non-medical practitioner community health representative, and (iv) a consumer organisation representative.

(6) Are there other decision-making bodies (i.e. not advisory bodies) within the structure of the divisions and ADGP; if so, what is the professional representation on these bodies.

(7) For each of the following financial years: 2000-01 and 2001-02, and for the 2002-03 financial year to date, what sums of Commonwealth money have been allocated under the More Allied Health Services (MAHS) program and to which divisions.

(8) In how many cases in each of the above time periods has Commonwealth money under the MAHS program been allocated to practices or to medical practitioners for a practice nurse.

(9) In each case, what was the MAHS funding amount allocated for the services of a practice nurse.

(10) Was the practice nurse in each of these cases salaried; if so, in each case what was the (pro-rated) annual salary; if not, in each case what was the funding arrangement for the nurse.

(11) Of the practice nurses funded through MAHS, in how many cases did the funding go to a practice which, or a practitioner who, did not actually increase the number of nurse positions (i.e. funding went to an existing nurse).

(12) In how many instances where a practice nurse was funded through MAHS was there a formal consultation process by the division with community representatives, canvassing community needs.

(13) In how many instances where a practice nurse was funded through MAHS was there a report of the consultation process by the division with community representatives, canvassing community needs of health services.

(14) (a) Which body has the decision-making power to allocate funds under MAHS; and (b) is this body required to take into account a community needs assessment in determining MAHS funding: if not, why not.

(15) In how many divisions where other allied health services were funded through MAHS was there a formal consultation process by the division, canvassing community needs of health services.

(16) In how many instances where other allied health services were funded through MAHS was there a report of the consultation process by the division with community representatives, canvassing community needs of health services.

1241  Senator Murray: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—If the Western Australian State Government does not reform its current retail trading hours regulations, exactly what portion of the $75 million of ongoing annual competition payments from the National Competition Council will be withheld.