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Notice given 18 June 2003

*1  Senator Bishop: To move—

(1) That the following matters be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report:

(a) the adequacy of current arrangements within the Department of Defence for the health preparation for the deployment of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) overseas;

(b) the adequacy of record keeping of individual health and treatment episodes of those deployed, and access to those records by the individual;

(c) the adequacy of information provided to individual ADF members, pre-deployment, of the likely health risks and anticipated remedial activity required;

(d) the adequacy of current arrangements for the administration of preventive vaccinations, standards applied to drug selection, quality control, record keeping and the regard given to accepted international and national regulation and practice;

(e) the engagement in this process of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Repatriation Medical Authority for the purposes of administering and assessing compensation claims; and

(f) the adequacy of the current research effort focussing on outstanding issues of contention from the ex-service community with respect to health outcomes from past deployments, and the means by which it might be improved.

(2) That, in undertaking the inquiry, the committee consider recommendations for an improved system within the Defence and Veterans’ administrations which will give greater assurance to the individual that their health risks are minimised, and fully recorded for the purposes of future compensation where justified.

*2  Senator Bishop: To move—That the following matter be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report:

The options and preferences for a revised system of administrative review within the area of veteran and military compensation and income support, including:

(a) an examination and assessment of the causes for such extensive demand for administrative review of decisions on compensation claims in the veterans and military compensation jurisdictions;

(b) an assessment of the operation of the current dual model of internal review, Veterans’ Review Board/Administrative Appeals Tribunal, its advantages, costs and disadvantages;

(c) an assessment of the appropriate model for a system of administrative review within a new, single compensation scheme for the Australian Defence Forces and veterans of the future, including compensation claim preparation, evidentiary requirements, facilitation of information provision and the onus of proof;

(d) identification of policy and legislative change required to amend the system at lowest cost and maximum effectiveness; and

(e) an assessment of the adequacy of non-means tested legal aid for veterans, the appropriateness of the current merits test and its administration, and options for more effective assistance to veteran and ex-service claimants by ex-service organisations and the legal industry.

Orders of the Day

Legislation Committees

Reports to be presented in respect of the 2003-04 Budget estimates.

Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the Workplace Relations Amendment (Protecting the Low Paid) Bill 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 4) 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Economics Legislation Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 8) 2003. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)