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Notice given 14 August 2003

1781  Senator Hutchins: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1352 (Senate Hansard , 15 May 2003, p. 11332), concerning the number of  Australians directly notified of the risk of Hepatitis C exposure from contaminated blood, the Minister advised that the department did not have the requested information but had sought this information from the Australian Red Cross Blood Service: What were the figures which the Australian Red Cross provided to the department with regard to the number of Australians who have been notified of the risk to Hepatitis C exposure from contaminated blood.

(2) Can the Minister assure Australians that all those exposed to the deadly virus Hepatitis C from contaminated blood transfusions and blood products are now traced and that they have been directly notified.

(3) Is the Minister aware that the Queensland branch of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service was recently contacted by a blood donor with Hepatitis C.

(4) Given that the individual in paragraph (3) above was infected with Hepatitis C in 1978 and that, in 1995, unaware of their infected status, they made numerous blood donations to the Australian Red Cross: Will the Minister order an immediate investigation into: (a) why this person was not informed by the Red Cross of their infected status; (b) how many hospital patients received their blood; and (c) whether any of these patients were infected as a result. 

(5) Are there any reports of Hepatitis C infections as a result of blood transfusion during or after 1995.

(6) (a) Does the Minister agree that Australia is self-sufficient in the supply of blood and blood products; (b) at what periods in the past has Australia not been self-sufficient in the supply of blood and blood products; (c) what blood products have been imported into Australia since 1975; (d) what quantity of each blood product has been imported; and (e) what are the names and countries of business registration of the companies that manufactured the imported products.

(7) (a) Is the Minister aware that the Australian plasma fractionator CSL Ltd. has, in the past, imported foreign-sourced plasma into Australia which was used to make medical products for therapeutic use in Australia; and (b) can a list be provided of the countries from which the formerly government-controlled CSL, and the currently privatized CSL Ltd., bought plasma. 

(8) (a) Is the Minister aware that the practice of accepting blood from prison inmates has occurred in Australia; and (b) on what date was this practice stopped; and (c) what are the names of the prisons where this practice occurred and the time periods in which this practice occurred at each prison.

1782  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—In relation to the working group to examine tenancy database privacy issues:

(1) How many people will the working group comprise.

(2) How will working group members be selected.

(3) From what area or state will working group members be selected.

(4) When will the selection process for the working group commence.

(5) Will the working group advertise its objectives and call for contributions; if so, through in what medium of advertising will the working group call for contributions; if not, why not.

(6) Will housing groups or tenancy advocates be able to contribute to the discussion.

(7) Will the working group investigate claims against tenancy database operators made to respective state and territory residential tenancy tribunals; if not, why not.

(8) Will the working group hold public forums for contributions; if so, will these forums be held in each state and territory; if not, why not.

1783  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—In relation to departmental employees who decide to do further study and receive financial assistance:

(1) What guidelines, if any, are in place to ascertain what percentage of fees are paid.

(2) Is the percentage adjusted according to the type of study undertaken.

(3) Are employees aware of the financial assistance or encouraged to undertake tertiary studies.

(4) What processes are in place to inform employees of assistance available should they choose to undertake tertiary studies.

(5) Are employees encouraged to undertake further studies by supervisors, irrespective of work loads; if so, can examples be provided; if not, why not.

1784  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—In relation to the provision of security assessments for Aviation Security Identity cards:

(1) To what will the staff level be reduced once the initial reissue has been completed.

(2) From which areas were the staff seconded.

(3) Were additional staff employed to cover shortfalls in these areas.

(4) What was the total cost involved in the reissuing of the cards for the 2003-04 financial year.

(5) Have any cardholders not been reissued with their cards; if so, can reasons be provided.

1785  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 59 taken during the 2003-04 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee regarding to the agreement with Telstra for the provision of a hotline service:

(1) How many calls were received for each of the billing dates listed in the answer to this question on notice.

(2) How many staff were originally employed to work in the centre.

(3) Have these staff members been relocated to other call centres or retrenched.

(4) Were these staff members employed under a certified agreement; if so, can details of the agreement be provided.

(5) Were there any payout costs associated with the downsizing of the workforce; if so, can details of any payout costs be provided.

(6) Can a comparison of calls to the 1800 service and the general 13 2400 number be provided in the form of a table.

1786  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 60 concerning calls received following the establishment of the hotline to the National Security Information Campaign Taskforce, taken during the 2003-04 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) Can a breakdown be provided of the feedback that was received by: (a) number of calls; (b) categories; and (c) the exact nature of the calls.

(2) Can a copy of the feedback received be provided.

1787  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) What specific Australian place names are to be engraved on the new war memorial currently being erected at Hyde Park corner in London.

(2) Is the list available to the public on the departmental website; if not, why not.

(3) Can a copy of the list be provided in electronic format.

1788  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) What is the total budget for the Protective Security Coordination Centre.

(2) Where is the centre located.

(3) Is the centre open 24 hours; if not, (a) what hours is it open; and (b) to where are calls diverted when it is not open.

(4) How many calls does the centre receive each day.

(5) Can a breakdown be provided of calls received each month since the inception of the centre.

(6) Are salaries for staff at the centre paid according to qualifications.

(7) Of the 43 people currently employed within the centre, how many are employed on a full-time, part-time or casual basis.

1789  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 36 taken during the 2003-04 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) What, if any, communications have been received either formally or informally.

(2) Can all communications relating to this response be provided.

(3) How much has the department spent on responding to these cases.

(4) Can details of expenditures from 2001-02 to the present be provided.

1790  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Can copies be provided of letters received from the Office of the Status of Women between 22 November 2002 and 19 June 2003, which refer to the statistics of the number of appointments of females and males for each portfolio body.

(2) Is any proactive work being undertaken to address any inequities.

(3) What is the department’s process for dealing with inequities which have been addressed.

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1791-1792)—

(1) Has the Minister or have his officers discussed the Rio Tinto Foundation for a Sustainable Minerals Industry with Dr Robin Batterham at any time; if so, can the dates on which the discussions took place and a summary of the issues discussed be provided.

(2) On what date and in what form was the proposal to establish the Rio Tinto Foundation first communicated to the Government or to its Strategic Investment Coordinator.

(3) (a) On what date was the Advisory Board of the Rio Tinto Foundation established; and (b) when did the Government appoint its representatives.

1791 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1792 Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

1793  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—With reference to a media release of 27 June 2003, in which the Minister stated that Australia will invest $120 million to develop affordable solutions to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from domestic power generation:

(1) Can a list be provided of projects that make up the $120 million, including aims, timelines and agencies undertaking these projects.

(2) Has the Australian Government committed funding or in-kind support to Futuregen or any other United States carbon sequestration research or demonstration projects; if so, how much has been committed.