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Notice given 9 March 2006

1611  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) How many Australians contract Q fever every year.

(2) Can the Government confirm the findings of recent research that farmers are at high-risk of contracting Q fever.  

(3) How many people are vaccinated against Q fever annually.

(4) Is the Government ceasing its subsidy for Q fever vaccination; if so: (a) how much will this increase the cost of vaccination; and (b) has the Government done any modelling of the impact this will have on the prevalence of Q fever vaccination; if not, why not; if so, can the results be provided.

(5) Does the Government consider that the rate of Q fever vaccination will decrease if the subsidy is removed.

1612  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) Is the Government aware of a new retail promotion for Peter Stuyvesant cigarettes on offer in a number of capital cities, including Sydney, Perth and Melbourne, that consists of 20 cigarettes inside a tin container which has peel off health warnings on the outside of the tin.

(2) Does this new packaging breach the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Information Standards) (Tobacco) Regulations 2004, in particular regulation 16(2)(c).  

(3) Is the Government or the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission aware that retailers are informing customers that these cigarettes are ‘light’, as indicated by the blue and white colour coded sticker; if not, will an investigation be conducted into this claim.


 (4) Is it the case t0hat cigarette retailers stockpiled the pre-graphic warning products to delay the necessity to sell packs with the graphic warnings, which came into effect on 1 March 2006.

(5) What, if any, action will be taken against manufacturers or retailers if significant stockpiling has taken place.

1613  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Was the Government briefed by the United States (US) Administration on the nuclear cooperation agreement reached last week between the US and India; if so, when and by whom.

(2) As part of the agreement, does India retain the right to deny United Nations inspectors access to a ‘fast-breeder’ reactor suitable for producing weapons-grade fissile material,.

(3) Is it also the case that since India refused to agree to a cap, there is no limit on the expansion of its nuclear arsenal.

(4) Is the Government aware that President Bush is quoted as saying, at a gathering of students at Hyderabad, ‘When a fast-growing country like India consumes more fossil fuels, it causes the price of fossil fuels to go up not only in India, but around the world.’

(5) Does the Government consider it legitimate to risk the proliferation of nuclear weapons in order to reduce competition for world oil.

(6) Does the Government have any information to suggest that making India more prosperous and well-armed is a US hedge against Chinese military ambitions, as has been suggested in the press.

(7) Does the Government consider that the supply of uranium and nuclear technology to India is: (a) appropriate; and (b) likely to undermine nuclear non-proliferation and encourage non-nuclear nations to proceed with bomb building programs; if so, why; if not, why not.

(8) Can details be provided of what representations were made by the Government to the US Administration on the matter of its nuclear cooperation agreement with India.

(9) Is the Minister aware that Mr Ashley J Tellis, a senior US State Department official and a key architect of the new strategic policy on India, has argued that a build-up of India’s nuclear arsenal is not only in New Delhi’s interest, but Washington’s, as it will cause Beijing to worry more about India and less about the United States.

(10) Does Australian intelligence support reports that India is engaged in a massive arms buying spree; if so, what is the extent of this.

(11) Does the Government consider there is a risk that this agreement with India will encourage China to undertake a similar arrangement with Pakistan.

(12) By what process will the Government arrive at a decision whether Australia will join the US in allowing Australian uranium to be sold to India.

(13) What conditions would apply to uranium sales from Australia to India.