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Notice given 13 January 2004

*2498  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) Is there a current tender on issue for the supply of orthopaedic footwear; if so: (a) when was the tender issued; and (b) what was the closing date.

(2) When were the specifications for such footwear last reviewed for their relevance with respect to modern materials and manufacturing techniques.

(3) Is allowance made for the provision of custom-made shoes; if not, why not.

(4) Is provision made for the provision of imported custom-made shoes; if not, why not.

(5) (a) Are dual density soles specified; if not, why not; and (b) what specific advice has been relied upon in such a conclusion.

(6) Has a tender been invited from the Daisy Shoe Company; if not, why not.

*2499  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) (a) What programs have been offered in the past 2 years and are currently on offer by the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service (VVCS) in each state; (b) what is or was the budget for each program; and (c) how many registrations were received for each program.

(2) How many registrations failed to show or were withdrawn from each program for which a registration was received.

(3) For veterans in both Western Australia and Queensland: (a) what rehabilitative programs, by type and number, have been offered by Hollywood and Greenslopes hospitals respectively in the past 2 years; (b) how many registrations were received for each; (c) how many sessions or courses were cancelled; and (d) what was the total value in each year of the courses conducted.

(4) What are the terms in the agreement with Ramsay Health Care Limited for the provision of rehabilitation courses to veterans.

(5) (a) How many rehabilitation and/or counselling programs have been offered by the Heidelberg Centre for veterans in each of the past 2 years; (b) how many veterans participated in each program; and (c) what was the turnover rate in each program.

(6) What was the value of the Heidelberg Centre courses run in each of the past 2 years.

(7) (a) How many rehabilitation and/or counselling courses were provided to the department and/or VVCS by other private providers in each of the past 2 years; (b) what was the cost of each course; and (c) what was the number of participants.

(8) What evaluation is conducted of all courses referred to above.

*2500  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—

(1) For each of the past 3 years, by state, how many: (a) hand guns; and (b) long arms, have been approved for import.

(2) For each of the past 3 years, by state, how many: (a) hand guns; and (b) long arms, have been intercepted as illegal imports.

(3) For each of the past 3 years: (a) how many consignments of illegally-imported gun parts have been intercepted; and (b) how many interceptions of illegally-imported replica firearms have there been.

(4) How many of the above interceptions have been of items purchased on e-bay.

*2501  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA):

(1) What is the meaning of the term ‘economic accessibility’ in section 55 of the RFA.

(2) What factors should be taken into account in assessing ‘economic accessibility’ for the purposes of the RFA; for example, should they include: (a) costs of surveying and assessing areas to be logged, including environmental assessment; (b) the full cost of providing roads; (c) costs of logging operations, supervision and transport; (d) costs of environmental damage such as increased fire frequency, loss of carbon banks leading to greenhouse gas emissions, impacts on water quality and quantity; and (e) detrimental impacts on, and lost opportunities for, tourism.

(3) Can a copy be provided of the economic analysis completed in accordance with section 55 of the RFA.

*2502  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA):

(1) (a) How much Commonwealth funding has been spent directly or indirectly through the RFA process to evaluate the availability and other issues associated with logging Deep Red Myrtle (DRM); and (b) can details be provided of individual projects.

(2) Why was 4 500 m3 per annum of DRM chosen as the supply benchmark in section 55 of the RFA; and (b) in what way could the supply of this quantity be considered ‘ecologically sustainable’.

(3) What volume of DRM has actually been supplied from public land in each of the past 10 years; and (b) how does this compare with the 4 500 m3 per annum benchmark.

*2503  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation—With reference to the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA):

(1) Has the Tasmanian Government complied with: (a) the spirit; and (b) the letter, of the RFA in deciding to log the Tarkine for Deep Red Myrtle.

(2) Does the Prime Minister support the Tasmanian Government’s decision to log the largest temperate wilderness rainforest in Australia; if so, why.

*2504  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—Has the Chief Scientist provided any advice to the Prime Minister, his department or its agencies about the proposed Australia-United States free trade agreement; if so: (a) when; (b) what was that advice; and (c) can a copy of the advice be provided.

*2506  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—Has the Chief Scientist provided any advice to the Minister, his department or its agencies about the proposed Australia-United States free trade agreement; if so: (a) when; (b) what was that advice; and (c) can a copy of the advice be provided.

*2507  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Would logging of myrtle in the Tarkine region of Tasmania make the area more fire-prone through: (a) increased access via new or upgraded logging roads; or (b) opening up the vegetation making it more flammable; or (c) introducing more flammable species through the establishment of pine or Eucalyptus nitens plantations.

(2) What effect would logging of myrtle in the Tarkine region of Tasmania have on the incidence of myrtle wilt.

(3) What effect would logging of the Tarkine region have on the landscape and wilderness values of the largest wilderness rainforest in Australia.

*2508  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) What proportion of the pre-European extent of Australian temperate rainforest on basalt soils is protected intact in secure reserves.

(2) How will the minimum 15 per cent reservation target for this vegetation type be reached.