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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.

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