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Notice given 16 August 2005

1084  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can the Minister provide copies of all permits issued by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service for the importation of corn, canola, soy and mustard seeds to be used for breeding programs in Australia from 1998 to date.

1085  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Is the Minister aware that international students are experiencing delays of up to 3 months between their payment to the universities of private health insurance premiums (as a condition of their visa) and receiving private health coverage.

(2) Will the Minister investigate the situation and urge universities to arrange cover as soon as possible after payment of the premium is received.

1086  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Which new oral contraceptives have been listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) since 1996; if none are listed: (a) why is this the case; and (b) can details be provided of the applications that have been made to list new oral contraceptives on the PBS in that time and the reason why they were not listed.

(2) How many and which lowest dose (20 microgram) oral contraceptives, are currently listed on the PBS; if none have been listed: (a) why is this the case; and (b) can an explanation be provided for why the oral contraceptives Diane 35 Ed (Brenda, Celeste, Juliette, and Estelle), Femoden Ed, Minulet, Trioden Ed, TR-Minulet, Marvelon 28, Microgynon 20 Ed, Loette and Yasmin are not listed on the PBS.

(3) Which low progesterone oral contraceptives are currently listed on the PBS.

(4) For each of the oral contraceptives listed on the PBS, how many doses were funded, by year, from 1996 to date.

(5) Is it the case that Postinor is not listed on the PBS; if so, can details be provided of the reason that it is not listed.

(6) What research has been conducted into patient preferences and reproductive health outcomes for: (a) oral contraceptives on the PBS; and (b) those that are not listed.

(7) What research has been conducted to determine the rate of unwanted pregnancies that arise due to inability to afford oral contraception.

 

 1087  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) When conducted in day procedure centres, why can a Medicare rebate not be claimed for both a dilation and curettage (D&C) (item number 35640) and the insertion of an inter-uterine contraceptive device (IUD) (item number 35503) when the attending doctor determines that a D&C is necessary prior to insertion of the IUD.

(2) Can information be provided on the reason for the difference in the Medicare rebate for a D&C of $85.90 when performed by a general practitioner in a day procedure centre and $116.50 when performed by a specialist.

(3) (a) Can data be provided on the level of the Medicare rebate over the past decade on item number 35640; and (b) how does this compare with average Medicare rebate increases over the same period.

(4) (a) Can information be provided on the reason for the change in Medicare rebates for terminations of pregnancies post-12 weeks gestation performed in day procedure centres whereby the day one procedure lamtent (item no. 35500) and the day two procedure (item no. 35643) were combined as item no. 16525; and (b) why has this now resulted in no rebate being available for anaesthetist procedures (item nos 17603, 20940 and 23021) used in the day one procedure in termination of pregnancies post-12 week gestation.

(5) Can information be provided on the reason ultrasounds at: (a) less than 12 weeks gestation (item no. 55703) and ultrasounds at 12 to 16 weeks (item no. 55705) have separate item numbers when the rebate is the same ($29.75); and (b) 17 to 22 weeks gestation (item no. 55709) and ultrasounds at 22 plus gestation weeks (item no. 55723) have separate item numbers when the rebate is the same ($32.30).

1088  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flights requisitioned by the Hon. I Macfarlane on: (i) 4 July 2004 from Canberra to Oakey and Oakey to Canberra, (ii) 11 July 2004 from Canberra to Oakey, and (iii) 12 July 2004 from Oakey to Canberra; (b) did the VIP CL604 aircraft remain at Oakey overnight on 11 July 2004; and (c) what was the cost of these flights.

(2) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flight requisitioned by the Hon. Dr D Kemp which commenced at Canberra 5 July 2004 and terminated at Canberra 8 July 2004; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight from Melbourne to Canberra for what appears to be a lone staff member.

(3) (a) What was the purpose of a VIP flight requisitioned by the Hon. J Hockey on 6 July 2004 from Canberra to Kununurra; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight for what appear to be two staff members.

(4) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flight requisitioned by the Hon. J Lloyd on 25 July 2004 from Norfolk Island to Darwin to Bali; (b) why did the VIP CL604 aircraft remain in Bali for 6 days; (c) what was the cost of the flight, including travel allowance paid to flight and cabin crew for this period; and (d) why did the aircraft return to Canberra on 31 July 2004 without passengers.

(5) (a) What was the purpose of a VIP flight requisitioned by Senator Abetz on 31 July 2004 from Canberra to Hobart to Williamtown to Hobart to Canberra; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP 737 flight and a commercial flight for the two people listed on the manifest.

(6) (a) What was the purpose of a VIP flight requisitioned by Senator Vanstone on 5 August 2004 from Canberra to Melbourne; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight for the senator and Mr Vanstone and one other person listed on the manifest.

(7) (a) What was the purpose of a VIP flight requisitioned by the Hon. M Vaile on 13 August 2004 from Canberra to Sydney to Canberra; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight for three persons from Sydney to Canberra as listed on the manifest.

(8) (a) What was the purpose of a VIP flight requisitioned by Senator Vanstone on 25 August 2004 from Canberra to Adelaide to Sydney to Canberra; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight for the senator and one other person from Adelaide to Sydney.

(9) (a)What was the purpose of a VIP flight requisitioned by Senator Vanstone on 27 October 2004 from Canberra to Adelaide to Canberra; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight for the senator and one other person from Canberra to Adelaide.

(10) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flight requisitioned by Senator Hill on 30 October 2004 from Canberra to Melbourne to Alice Springs to Adelaide to Canberra; (b) as the Minister joined the flight on the Melbourne to Alice Springs leg and was joined by his wife on the Alice Springs to Adelaide leg, was the purpose to take Mrs Hill home; (c) how was the Adelaide to Alice Springs travel for Mrs Hill funded; and (d) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight for the senator and Mrs Hill from Alice Springs to Adelaide.

(11) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flight requisitioned by Senator Vanstone on 17 November 2004 from Canberra to Sydney to Canberra; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight for the senator and one other person for this flight.

(12) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flight requisitioned by the Hon. I Macfarlane on 3 December 2004 from Canberra to Oakey; (b) what was the cost of that flight; and (c) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and the other travel options.

(13) (a) Why was it necessary for a VIP flight to be dispatched from Canberra to Adelaide at the request of Senator Minchin on 5 December 2004 for travel from Adelaide to Canberra with four other people; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight.

(14) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flight requisitioned by the Hon. M Vaile on 9 December 2004 from Canberra to Coolangatta; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight.

(15) (a) What was the purpose of the VIP flight requisitioned by the Hon. A Downer on 14 December 2004 from Canberra to Adelaide to Sydney with one passenger on the Canberra to Adelaide leg and the Minister and his wife travelling from Adelaide to Sydney; and (b) what was the cost differential between the VIP CL604 flight and a commercial flight.