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Notice given 21 November 2003

2387  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Has the Complementary Healthcare Consultative Forum been discontinued; if so, why; if not: (a) who are the members of the forum; and (b) when did they last meet.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that this forum was set up in response to industry concerns at the time about the pharmaceutical bias within the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

2388  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Given that during the recent meeting of the United Nations (UN) First Committee, Australia was the lead sponsor of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty resolution A/C.1/58/L.52 which was adopted by a vote of 151 to 1 with 4 abstentions; and that the United States (US) voted against the resolution, the US representative explaining that, ‘the United States does not support the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and will not become a party to that treaty’: what steps is the Government taking to urge the US to support the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

(2) Given that the Senate supported a motion moved by Senator Allison that supported the New Agenda Coalition resolutions A/C/1/58/L.39 and A/C/1/58/L.40 before the UN General Assembly First Committee: what position did the Government take on those motions and why.

(3) Has there been any reduction in the overall number of nuclear weapons globally since 1996.

(4) Has the Government raised any concerns with the US in relation to their plans to develop so-called mini-nukes.

(5) (a) What is the Government’s attitude to the US policy of being prepared to use nuclear weapons, even against non-nuclear weapons states; and (b) have those views been expressed to the US.

(6) What is the Government doing regarding the approximately 4 600 nuclear weapons on high alert and the risk of accidental launch.