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Notice given 24 February 2006

1595  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee report of 2001, which recommended that a national universities ombudsman be appointed and funded by the Commonwealth (recommendation 12, chapter four):

(1) Are there plans to appoint a universities ombudsman; if so, when and how; if not, why not.

(2) Is there a national policy to provide university staff with a clear mechanism to raise complaints if they believe they are being mistreated by senior officers of a university; if not, why not.

1596  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training —

(1) What are the implications of the ruling of 8 December 2005 by the final Court of Appeal in France with regard to the illegality of storing spent nuclear fuel from the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

(2) Does this have any impact on the decision to proceed with the new research reactor at Lucas Heights.

(3) How soon does the Government expect the subject waste to be returned to Australia.

(4) Where and how will it be stored when it arrives.

1597  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Albury-Wodonga Hume Freeway Upgrade Project: Does the project meet Auslink Guidelines; if so, how is the project consistent with the guidelines and what process was put in place to guarantee consistency; if not, how does the project fail to meet the guidelines and what was the role of the Department of Transport and Regional Services in the planning of the project.