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Notice given 27 March 2003

1363  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to the answer to question no. E763-03 taken on notice by the department during estimates hearings of the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee:

(1) Can a full list be provided of all reports that have been published, including on the Internet, without an accompanying press release since 11 November 2001, including the dates and form of publication for those reports.

(2) What is the name and position of the person who judged that the publication of the Anderson report was a ‘routine matter’.

(3) What is the name and position of the person who decided that the Anderson report should not be accompanied by a media alert.

(4) Who is typically responsible for judging whether the publication of a report should be accompanied by a media alert.

1365  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts— 

(1) (a) Has the Minister had any correspondence with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), or any commercial network, in relation to the coverage of the war on Iraq; and (b) specifically, has the Minister had any correspondence in relation to coverage of the war in time slots generally allocated to children’s and preschoolers’ programming.

(2) Has the Minister had any correspondence with the ABC or commercial networks regarding the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s (ABA’s) Children’s Television Standards (CTS) requirement that, ‘A licensee shall ensure that the child audience is appropriately notified of any variation to the schedule’ (CTS 3; 1, J.).

(3) Is the Minister able to verify whether children’s programming, such as Playschool , has been interrupted by news bulletins covering the war in Iraq.

(4) Did these bulletins meet the ABA’s CTS requirement that no program broadcast during a children’s or preschoolers programming period may ‘present images or events in a way which is unduly frightening or unduly distressing to children’ (CTS 10; b.).

(5) Did these bulletins meet the ABA’s CTS requirement that such bulletins are permitted only when ‘a news flash…cannot, in the public interest, be delayed until completion of the…program’ (CTS 5. 1.) .

(6) Were any such bulletins, during children’s programs, or during time slots dedicated to children’s programming, preceded by warnings of their potentially graphic and disturbing content.

(7) Will any action be taken in the case of any breaches of sections of the ABA’s CTS or the ABC’s Codes of Practice relating to children’s and preschoolers’ programming.

1366  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) With reference to the establishment of Dairy Australia Limited as a corporate entity: What procedures does the department have to ensure that legislation, regulations or principles and guidelines for the establishment of a new entity are followed; and (b) can a copy of those procedures be provided.

(2) With reference to the imposition of a levy payable to Dairy Australia Limited: What procedures does the department have to ensure that legislation, regulations or principles and guidelines for the implementing of levies payable to a corporation are complied with; and (b) can a copy of those procedures be provided; if there are no departmental procedures, why do they not exist.

(3) What measures have been taken to ensure that the existing levy payers were consulted, regarding the proposed establishment of Dairy Australia Limited.

(4) Can the following information be provided: (a) Full details of the public meetings held to discuss the formulation of Dairy Australia Limited; (b) details of the numbers present at these meetings; and (c) the details of the votes taken at each public meeting supporting or opposing the establishment of Dairy Australia Limited, expressed in both numerical terms and as a percentage of attendees.

(5) Can a list be provided of any departmental media advertisements placed for these meetings.

1367  Senator Harris: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—

(1) Does the Low Volume Scheme still exist.

(2) If the scheme exists in a revised format, what are the terms and conditions for approvals.

(3) (a) How many vehicle approvals from the former scheme have been rolled over to the revised scheme; and (b) what criteria are used for this to occur.

(4) Is the revised scheme authorised, managed and regulated by administrative circulars or ministerial determinations; if so, are these administrative circulars the same as those which authorised, managed and regulated the former scheme; if not, what published authorisation is there to regulate and manage the revised scheme.

(5) Can the Minister provide an explanation as to why there was no provision made in the recent amendments to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 and Regulations for vehicles to be imported under the scheme.

(6) What criteria have been formalised, published and generally broadcast for the importation of vehicles and the application of a compliance plate to non-standard motor vehicles under the revised scheme.

(7) Do limits still exist for the importation of Low Volume Scheme vehicles under the revised scheme; if so, what is the time limit.

(8) (a) What qualifications, if any, do applicants require for gaining compliance approvals under the revised scheme; and (b) where are these qualifications published.

(9) (a) What workshop requirements are there for the revised scheme; and (b) where are these requirements published.

(10) Are there still concessions for compliance with current Australian Design Rules for approvals under the revised scheme.

(11) Given that international harmonization of standards is almost finalised, does the department accept vehicles from overseas manufacturers where vehicles comply with these international standards, without further testing of components.

(12) What extra standards does the department require of vehicles imported from overseas manufacturers who have adopted international Economic Commission for Europe standards.

(13) Are Single Uniform Type Inspections currently used to appraise vehicles for approvals under the revised scheme; if so, is every vehicle application treated in an identical manner; if not, what are the differing means of appraising applications.

(14) Are these restrictions published, formalised and generally broadcast as to the models eligible under the revised scheme.

(15) Are there any criteria for importation, application of a compliance plate, credentials, inspections, issuing of approvals, and workshop requirements for approvals which have not been published and generally broadcast, but which have been mooted and formalised; if so, what are they.

(16) How many applications for Low Volume Vehicles have been approved under the revised scheme from May 2002 to date.

(17) Which companies have been given approval to import vehicles under the revised scheme.

(18) What vehicles have been imported from 8 May 2002 to date under the revised scheme, including the make, model and month.

(19) How many vehicles does the department expect will be imported under the revised scheme for each of the following years: (a) 2003; and (b) 2004.

(20) How many vehicles does the department expect will be imported under the Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme and the Registered Automotive Workshop Scheme for each of the following years: (a) 2003; and (b) 2004.

1368  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What were the quarterly general practitioner to patient ratios for the districts of Mackay, Whitsunday, Townsville, Thuringowa, Cairns and Mount Isa for the past 5 years.

(2) Can a list be provided of districts in Queensland that are currently listed as areas of workforce shortage where overseas-trained doctors can work.

(3) Can the following information be provided, by scheme or program: (a) how many overseas-trained doctors are working in each of these districts; and (b) what conditions are placed on their employment.

(4) Under which scheme or program were the three overseas-trained doctors recently given Medicare provider numbers for ‘The Doctors Clinic’ in Townsville.

(5) What criteria were used to assess this application and grant these overseas-trained doctors with provider numbers.

(6) Is whether a medical practice bulk bills or not considered as a criterion in determining a practice’s access to overseas-trained doctors.

(7) Is whether a practice provides after-hours care considered as a criterion in determining a practice’s access to overseas-trained doctors.

(8) (a) How many requests for provider numbers for overseas-trained doctors for Townsville have been received in the past 3 years; and (b) how many have been granted.

(9) How does the department monitor compliance by overseas-trained doctors who have been allocated provider numbers with the condition that they work after hours only.

(10) Did the department consider the impact on the Townsville Division of General Practice After Hours Service prior to approving additional overseas-trained doctors provider numbers for 'The Doctors Clinic' in Townsville.

(11) What action is the being taken by the department to ensure that the Townsville Division of General Practice After Hours Service does not close due to the additional competition from these overseas-trained doctors.

1369  Senator Greig: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the case of Ms. Puangthong Simaplee, who was trafficked into Australia at the age of around 11 years, and forced to work as a prostitute:

(1) Is the Minister aware that, after 16 years of bonded labour, Ms Simaplee died in September 2001 in detention, having been seized by authorities and taken straight to Villawood and subsequently given inappropriate treatment for her drug addiction.

(2) Given that Australia has the ability to provide the victims of this insidious trade with a Criminal Justice Stay Visa and witness protection: (a) how many times has such a visa been issued in relation to trafficked women; and (b) is it true that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) currently cannot initiate a Criminal Justice Stay Visa unless requested to do so by the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.

(3) Will the Government now create a people trafficking taskforce to provide the AFP with more comprehensive search and rescue powers to locate and protect women held captive in brothels and to prosecute traffickers.

(4) Are trafficked women who are held in detention awaiting deportation provided with information regarding their eligibility for a Criminal Justice Stay Visa and provided with appropriate legal advice or Legal Aid.