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Notice given 9 September 2003

1937  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—For each of the past 10 years: (a) how much federal funding has been allocated to environment groups in Australia; and (b) how much went to each environment group which was funded, directly or indirectly. 

1941  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How has the Government responded to Alzheimers Australia’s call for dementia to be made a national health priority.

(2) What are the age and demographic trends for dementia in Australia.

(3) What financial, respite or other government assistance is available to people caring for dementia suffers at home. 

Senator Brown: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1944-1945)—With reference to wheat streak mosaic virus:

(1) Has the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation or any other Australian research organisation, ever imported the virus for research or any other purpose: if so; (a) who licenced and monitored importation of the virus; (b) when was the virus imported; (c) by what means was the virus imported; (d) by what route was the virus imported and transported; (e) in which facilities is, or in which facilities was, the virus stored and used; (f) has the virus been transported to other facilities; (g) has the virus imported under OGTR/GMAC1507 been destroyed; (h) who is or was responsible for containing and managing the virus; (i) has the Office of the Gene Technology Regulation (OGTR) ever inspected, assessed or approved any facilities in which the organisms licenced under GMAC1507 are stored or used; if so, what were the results of those inspections; (j) is there any evidence that the virus may have escaped from storage or research facilities into any other environments; (k) is there any evidence that the virus, licenced by OGTR/GMAC1507 or any other research project using the virus, may be the source of infections recently identified in wheat plants in various research facilities around Australia.

(2) If the virus was used for research or other purposes in Australia, what evidence shows that this was not the source of the current infection in wheat at various locations, which threatens the Australian wheat industry.

1944 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

1950  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) Did the Government receive a legal opinion from the Australian Government Solicitor about whether or not it was constitutionally possible for the Commonwealth to deliver a legally binding and enforceable right of veto to the States in relation to the rate of a goods and services tax (GST); if so; can a copy of that opinion be provided.

(2) Since the passage of the GST legislation, do the state and territory governments have a legally binding and enforceable right of veto over changes to the rate of the GST now and in the future.   

1960  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many security clearance applications are currently waiting to be processed by the Defence Security Authority.

(2) How many security clearance re-evaluations are currently waiting to be processed by the Defence Security Authority.

(3) Can a breakdown be provided of how long all security clearances waiting to be processed, including re-evaluations and new applications, have been delayed, for example, x applications are delayed by 1 month, y applications are delayed by 2 months etc.

(4) What has such a large backlog developed.

(5) What is the current estimate of the length of time it will take before the backlog is fully cleared.

(6) What processes or initiatives are being put in place to reduce the backlog.

(7) What processes or initiatives are being put in place to ensure that such a backlog does not arise again in the future.