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Notice given 19 January 2004

Senator Nettle: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 2509-2510)—

(1) Is the Minister aware of a report in the Herald-Sun , of 5 December 2003, that staff members of the former Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Patterson, instigated an investigation into the Defend and Extend Medicare Group.

(2) Can the Minister confirm that Senator Patterson or members of her staff initiated an investigation into the group and its members; if not, who did initiate the investigation into the group and its members.

(3) Which agency or agencies undertook the investigation.

(4) Who authorised the investigation and on what grounds.

(5) What is the justification for conducting intelligence investigations into the group.

(6) Did the investigation include intelligence agents attending rallies organised by the group; if so, what rallies did the agents attend.

(7) To whom did the agency of agencies report and when.

(8) Who has been provided with a copy of the report.

(9) What were the findings of the report.

(10) What recommendations, if any, did the report make.

(11) What action has the Government taken in response to the report.

(12) If the Government has not taken any action in response to the report; does it intend to; if so, what will be that action and when.

(13) Have any members of the group who were investigated been advised that they were the subject of an intelligence agency’s investigation.

(14) Will the Minister make the report available to the Parliament; if not, why not.

(15) Is it Government practice to collect intelligence on members of the public who oppose government policy; if so, when did this practice take effect and how many other organisations and their members have been subjected to intelligence investigations.

2509 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

2510 Minister representing the Attorney-General

2511  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How much did the Federal Government spend on the launch by the Prime Minister on 18 November 2003 of the MedicarePlus package.

(2) What was the cost of the Government’s full-page advertisements concerning the MedicarePlus package which were placed in major daily newspapers on 19 November 2003.

(3) What was the cost of the printed material produced for the launch.

(4) What other advertising plans does the Government have for the MedicarePlus package.

(5) What is the budget for communications activities for MedicarePlus.

(6) How much money did the Government spend on communications activities for the Fairer Medicare package.

2512  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) What has the Australian Government done about the widely-reported move to West Papua of the murderer, Eurico Guterres.

(2) What is Guterres’ current whereabouts and what is he doing.

2514  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the considered reply to question on notice no. 1227 (Senate Hansard , 10 September 2003, p. 14905):

(1) What information has the Government obtained or recorded about the shooting of Elsye Rumbiak Bonai.

(2) When and how did the Government come by this information and why did it not respond to it.

(3) Will the Government seek more information about this incident; if not, why not; if so, can a copy of the information be provided.