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Notice given 5 May 2003

*1424  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) With reference to part (7), question on notice no. 1240 from Senator Allison, which asked, ‘(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’: Can a table be provided that identifies the amount paid to each division by the year in which it was paid.

(2) (a) For each of the divisions identified as receiving funding for MAHS, for each year, can a breakdown be provided of the funding, in terms of the number of full-time equivalent positions funded; and (b) can a breakdown of these full-time equivalent numbers for each division into practice nurses and allied health practitioners be provided, indicating the professions of these allied health workers.

(3) (a) What is the evidence of the community consultation, contained in each successful funding proposal for MAHS; and (b) what criteria were used by the department in assessing these consultative mechanisms.

(4) (a) What evidence was required for a needs assessment for successful MAHS divisions; and (b) what criteria did the department use to assess the accuracy and validity of the needs assessment.

*1425  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—With regard to the sponsorship by the Australian Government of a major international conference, ‘ The Hydrogen Economy - Challenges and Strategies for Australia’, in Broome from 18 May to 21 May 2003:

(1) How much is this conference going to cost.

(2) Are the funds coming from the $1 million announced by the then Minister for Forestry and Conservation (Mr Tuckey) in October 2001, which was earmarked for the National Hydrogen Study by the Australian Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources; if so, what is the total of those funds; if not, where are the funds coming from.

(3) (a) Are any extra funds being provided for the conference above those provided for in the answer to (2); and (b) what budget allocation is the funding coming from.

(4) Given that the power point presentation located at http://www.mp.wa.gov.au/rchapple/issues/hydrogen/hydro.zip provided to the Broome Shire as a result of a visit by Mr Tuckey on Monday, 16 December 2002, states, ‘The greatest potential of the Kimberley region and its Tidal Power is for servicing Australia’s future based on a: Hydrogen Economy’ (slide 12), and the promotion for the conference states, ‘the International Hydrogen Conference will be held at the Cable Beach Club Resort in Broome, Western Australia - a location specially chosen because of its proximity to the scenic Kimberley region and the great tidal flows of King Sound’, is the conference in any way operating as a promotion for Derby Tidal Power.

*1426  Senator Allison: To ask the Special Minister of State—Can details be provided by the Australian Electoral Commission of the reduced values of the following surplus votes in the 2001 Senate Election count:

State Count Surplus Candidate 

  Votes

New South Wales 227 26 697 Payne

Victoria 161 61 988 Patterson

Queensland 31 9 688 Bartlett

Western Australia 149 7 041 Lightfoot

Tasmania 78 4 Brown