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Notice given 23 April 2003

*1409  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) Why has the department not sought to gift the entire Point Nepean site to the public as it did for the five Defence Department owned properties on the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

(2) Why has the department not sought special grant funding for the transfer of Defence Department land at Point Nepean to the public as it did for the five Defence Department owned properties on the Sydney Harbour foreshore.

(3) What are the reasons for the different approach to the sale of Defence Department properties on the Sydney Harbour foreshore and at Point Nepean.

(4) What representations have been made to the Victorian State Government to reach agreement on the sale of the 90 hectares of land at Point Nepean.

(5) In the event that a suitable buyer cannot be found for the 90 hectares of land at Point Nepean, will the Commonwealth Government stand by its commitment to bar residential development from the site.

*1410  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What is the percentage of bulk-billed general practitioner (GP) unreferred attendances (vocationally registered and non-vocationally registered): (a) by federal electorates for the March 2003 quarter (due for release May 2003); and (b) by the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ statistical local areas for the March 2003 quarter.

(2) For the most recent period collected, what is the average and median Medicare Benefit Schedule rebate received by GPs with vocationally registered provider numbers for unreferred attendances in: (a) each statistical local area; (b) federal electorates; and (c) across outer-urban, regional and metropolitan areas, by State.

(3) What is the average and median total payment received by GPs with vocationally registered provider numbers for unreferred attendances in: (a) each statistical local area; (b) federal electorates; and (c) across outer-urban, regional and metropolitan areas, by State.

*1411  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) In view of the fact that the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has recommended the word ‘nigger’ be removed from the controversial E. S. ‘Nigger’ Brown stand at the Toowoomba sports ground because the term ‘nigger’ is offensive and insulting, is Australia now in breach of the relevant United Nations convention.

(2) What action is the government now taking on the matter.

(3) Will the government take steps to ensure the word ‘nigger’ is removed from the stadium.