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Notice given 27 March 2006

Senator Allison: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1656-1657)—

(1) What amount of money has the Government provided to the Jean Hailes Foundation since 2000, including the 1999-2000 financial year.

 

 (2) Can the Government confirm that its funding to the Jean Hailes Foundation for professional development for clinicians and community education primarily focused on the health and wellbeing of women aged between 35 and 65 years is due to expire at the end of June 2006.

(3) Does the Government intend providing the Jean Hailes Foundation with more funding after this date; if so, what will be the amount of that funding and over what period of time; if not: (a) why not; and (b) will an equivalent sum of money be provided to another organisation to continue professional development for clinicians and community education on the health and wellbeing of women aged between 35 and 65 years.

1656 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1657 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing

1660  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware of reports that the organs of executed prisoners in China are removed without their knowledge or consent and used for transplant purposes.

(2) What information does the Minister have on the validity of these reports.

(3) Has the Government investigated whether any Australian citizens have received organ transplants from executed prisoners in China; if so, what were the findings from this investigation; if not, why not.

(4) Has the Government investigated whether Australians are involved in overseas commercial organ transplant activities; if so, what were the findings from this investigation; if not, why not.

(5) What current laws regulate the involvement of Australians in commercial organ transplant activities in Australia and overseas.

1661  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware that Pfizer has decided that it will not be making Olmetec available in Australia.

(2) Is the Minister aware that there are Australians who wish to have access to Olmetec who are not able to get access to the drug.

(3) What processes will the Government put in place to ensure that Australians will have access to Olmetec.

(4) Will patients be able to access this drug through the Special Access Scheme; if not, why not.

(5) Is the Minister aware that Pfizer has indicated that it will not be making Olmetec available as reference pricing has meant that the drug is not commercially viable in Australia.

(6) How many other drugs have not been made available in Australia even though they have been approved for release.

(7) How many other drugs have not been made available in Australia even though they have been recommended for funding.

 

 1664  Senator Wong: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education—

(1) On what date did the Minister decide to review the Government’s contracts with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER) for research and statistical collection.

(2) On what dates, and for what purposes, has the Minister met with representatives of the NCVER Ltd since 1 July 2005 and who attended each meeting.

(3) (a) At which of these meetings did the Minister express concern over the current operations of the NCVER; and (b) what was the nature and basis of the Minister’s concerns.

(4) At which of these meetings did the Minister raise the issue of the review of the NCVER.

(5) When was NCVER Ltd informed of the Government’s decision to review these contracts.

(6) (a) On what date is the review due to report; and (b) when will the report and recommendations be made public.