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Notice given 22 March 2006

1638  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to the Indigenous Education Strategic Initiatives Programme (IESIP):

(1) Can the Minister confirm that there was a 63 per cent, or approximately $142 million, underspend in the IESIP in the 2004-05 financial year; if not, what was the exact amount of the underspend.

(2) Can details be provided showing a specific breakdown of the measures and/or activities under IESIP, including how much money was allocated for, and spent on, each one in the 2004-05 financial year and the percentage of underspend for each specific measure/activity.

(3) For each specific measure/activity, please provide an explanation for the underspend in the 2004-05 financial year.

(4) What amount of departmental expenses and administered funds has been allocated for, and spent on, each specific measure/activity under IESIP in the 2004-05 financial year.

(5) How much money has been allocated for, and spent to date on, each measure/activity under IESIP in the 2005-06 financial year.

 

 (6) What amount of departmental expenses and administered funds has been allocated for, and spent to date on, each specific measure/activity under IESIP in the 2005-06 financial year.

1639  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1301 (Senate Hansard , 22 December 2005, p. 207) regarding medications listed on the Pharmaceutical  Benefit Scheme (PBS) for patients with osteoporosis:

(1) Why are drugs such as alendronate (Fosomax), widely prescribed as a preventative treatment against fractures, available on the PBS listing only to patients who have already sustained a fracture, however minimal.

(2) Has the Pharmaceutical  Benefits Advisory Committee done a cost analysis on the benefit of extending the listing of Fosomax as a preventative treatment to those patients with a diagnosis of and/or less at risk of fracturing due to osteoporosis.

1640  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the article ‘Australians chased by anti-Mafia investigators’, in the Age of 22 March 2006, that four Australians are allegedly under investigation by Italian authorities for organised crime-related activities:

(1) Is the matter currently under investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP); if so: (a) when and by whom was it brought to the attention of the AFP; (b) on what date did the investigation commence; and (c) what is the current status of the investigation

(2) Has an extradition request been received by the AFP in respect of the four individuals mentioned in the article; if so: (a) on what date was the request received; and (b) what action was taken upon receipt of the request and on what date was that action taken.

(3) Has the matter been referred by the AFP to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) for prosecution or has a brief been referred to the CDPP for consideration of a prosecution; if so: (a) on what date was the brief forwarded to the CDPP; and (b) to the AFP’s knowledge, what action has been taken by the CDPP in respect of this matter.

1641  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the article ‘Australians chased by anti-Mafia investigators’, in the Age of 22 March 2006, that four Australians are allegedly under investigation by Italian authorities for organised crime-related activities:

(1) Has that matter been referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP); if so: (a) by whom or by which agency was it referred to the CDPP and on what date was it referred; (b) what is the current status of the brief; and (c) was it returned on the basis of insufficient evidence and the case closed; if not, on what basis was prosecution of the case rejected.

(2) Regarding the offer of an Italian ‘undercover operative’ to testify in Australia, was the testimony a part of the abovementioned brief; if not: (a) why not; (b) did the CDPP assess this testimony separately; and (c) why was the offer of an Italian operative to testify in Australia rejected.

 

 1642  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the article ‘Australians chased by anti-Mafia investigators’, in the Age of 22 March 2006, that four Australians are allegedly under investigation by Italian authorities for organised crime-related activities:

(1) Has the Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) received an extradition request from the Italian Government or Italian authorities in respect of the four individuals named; if not: (a) can the department indicate whether there has been any contact between the Italian authorities and the AGD in respect of an extradition warrant; and (b) what is the status of any extradition warrant in respect of those individuals.

(2) If an extradition request has been made by the Italian authorities to the department, has it been passed to the Minister’s office or the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP); if so: (a) what action has either the Minister or the CDPP taken in respect of this matter; (b) on what date was it referred to the CDPP; and (c) can details be provided as to what action has been taken.

1643  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the article ‘Australians chased by anti-Mafia investigators’, in the Age of 22 March 2006, that four Australians are allegedly under investigation by Italian authorities for organised crime-related activities:

(1) Is this matter currently under inquiry by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC); if not, why not; if so: (a) when and by whom was it brought to the attention of the ACC; (b) on what date did the inquiry commence; and (c) what is the status of the investigation.

(2) Has the matter been referred by the ACC to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation or has a brief been referred to the AFP for consideration of a prosecution; if so: (a) on what date was the brief forwarded to the AFP; and (b) to the ACC’s knowledge, what action has been taken by the AFP in respect of this matter.

(3) Has the matter been referred by the ACC to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) for prosecution or has a brief been referred to the CDPP for consideration of a prosecution; if so: (a) on what date was the brief forwarded to the CDPP; and (b) to the ACC’s knowledge, what action has been taken by the CDPP in respect of this matter.

(4) Is the ACC aware of whether or not the Italian Government has brought extradition proceedings against the four persons named in the article; if so, can details be provided.