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Notice given 13 June 2006

2004  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Are general practitioners required to inform young people of their right to apply for their own Medicare card if they are aged 15 or over. 

(2) What data does the Government have on the proportion of general practitioners who inform young people of their right to apply for their own Medicare card if they are aged 15 or over.

(3) What data does the Government have on the proportion of young people who are aware of their right to apply for their own Medicare card if they are aged 15 or over.

(4) Are general practitioners required to display pamphlets outlining patients’ rights in their waiting rooms.

(5) What data does the Government have on the proportion of general practitioners who display pamphlets outlining patients’ rights in their waiting rooms.

(6) What data does the Government have on the proportion of patients who are aware that they are able to book a longer than standard appointment if they require.

(7) Are general practitioners required to make patients aware that they are able to book a longer than standard appointment if they require.

(8) What proportion of general practitioners have processes in place to make patients aware that they are able to book a longer than standard appointment if they require.

2005  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) (a) How often does the Medicare Benefits Consultative Committee (MBCC) meet each year; and (b) are there regularly scheduled meeting dates and times.

(2) For the past 10 years: (a) how many submissions has the MBCC received each year; and (b) how many related to changes to the level of the fee set for Medicare items.

(3) Can a copy of submissions and MBCC review results be provided for the past 10 years; if not, why not. 

(4) What is the timeframe for the review of a Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) item.

(5) (a) How does the Government’s policy, which reviews MBS items conducted under the auspices of the MBCC on a cost neutral basis, operate; and (b) does this mean that the rebate level for a procedure would never be able to be increased unless a rebate for another procedure were decreased.

(6) What role does the Minister play in determining changes to the MBS.

(7) For the past 10 years, how many of the submissions to the MBCC resulted in recommendations to the Minister for increases in the level of the Medicare rebate for a particular procedure.

 

 (8) What percentage of these recommendations has been accepted by the Minister. 

(9) How does this compare with the percentage of recommendations for increases in the level of the Medicare rebate for a particular procedure that were accepted prior to 1996.

2006  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the article ‘Weight Management and the challenges to Australian Pharmacy’ in Australian Pharmacist , Volume 24, No. 3, of March 2005, which reported that in 2002 only 8.7 per cent of pharmacists had staff trained in weight management:

(1) Has the number of pharmacies with staff trained in weight management increased since 2002.

(2) How many pharmacies have weight measuring devices.

(3) How many pharmacies with weight measuring devices have staff who are trained in how to measure, monitor and interpret the results.

(4) Has the Government implemented any measures to encourage or support training of pharmacists in weight management.  

(5) What is the expected increase in the use of Xenical given the recent National Drugs and Poisons Scheduling Committee decision to allow direct to consumer advertising of Xenical.

(6) Has the Government undertaken any modelling of the potential increase to Government expenditure on Xenical and Orlistat through the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; if so, what were the results; if not, why not.

2007  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) How was a decision reached on which battles would be commemorated on the London War Memorial.

(2) What criteria were used to determine which battles would be listed.

(3) Who made the decision.

(4) Who was consulted about the proposed list of battles.

(5) Why were the battles for the Beaches of Gona, Buna and Sanananda not commemorated on the memorial.

2008  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Minister’s statement of 15 November 2005, announcing changes to the Regional Partnerships program:

(1) (a) On what dates has the new ministerial committee met; and (b) who attended these meetings.

(2) How many applications has the new ministerial committee: (a) considered; (b) approved; and (c) rejected.

(3) Does the new ministerial committee comprise the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister; if not (a) when did its composition change; and (b) why did the Minister fail to announce this change.

 

 (4) (a) Can a copy be provided of the program guidelines and administrative arrangements approved by the new ministerial committee; and (b) on what dates were the program guidelines and administrative arrangements approved.

(5) Have the Strategic Opportunities Notional Allocation (SONA) guidelines been amended since 15 November 2005; if so: (a) on what date were the SONA guidelines amended; and (b) can a copy of the amended guidelines be provided.

(6) How many applications have been approved under the SONA guidelines since 15 November 2005.

(7) (a) On what date did the Minister provide written advice to Area Consultative Committees outlining the Government’s ‘broad policy priorities’ for the Regional Partnerships program; and (b) can a copy of the written advice be provided; if not, why not.

(8) Do the Members of Parliament to be consulted ‘more extensively’ by Area Consultative Committees include non-government members; if not, why not.

2009  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the Community Assistance Element of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Structural Adjustment Program:

(1) Is the Community Assistance Element administered through the Regional Partnerships program.

(2) Is the Community Assistance Element funded by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources. 

(3) What funding is available under the Community Assistance Element for each of the financial years 2005-06 to 2014-15, by financial year.

(4) What amount has been expended under the Community Assistance Element in each of the following financial years, 2005-06 and 2006-07 to date, by financial year.

(5) (a) What departmental expenses have been incurred in relation to the Community Assistance Element in each of the following financial years, 2005-06 and 2006-07 to date, by financial year; and (b) which department funds these departmental expenses.

(6) How many applications for funding have been received.

(7) (a) How many applications for funding have been approved; and (b) can details be provided, including the funding recipient, quantum of funding and date of announcement.

(8) How many applications for funding have been rejected.

(9) Can the Minister outline each step of the assessment process, including the role, if any, of: (a) the Minister; (b) the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads; (c) the ministerial committee announced on 15 November 2005; and (d) the department.

(10) Are the Strategic Opportunities Notional Allocation (SONA) guidelines applicable to the Community Assistance Element of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Structural Adjustment Program; if so, can details be provided of all projects approved under the SONA guidelines; if not, why not.

 

 2010  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—

(1) What is the value of research and development grants provided to the tobacco industry for each financial year from 2000-01.

(2) For what purpose was or is the funding being used.

(3) What is the projected value of these grants over the next four financial years.

2011  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) What level of uptake has there been for Tasmania’s Non-Forest Vegetation Program, funded through the National Heritage Trust, since its commencement.

(2) How much land has been conserved under the program.

(3) How much land, classified as part of Tasmania’s biodiversity hotspots, has been conserved by the program.

(4) (a) How much money has been paid to landowners under the program; and (b) what percentage of the total budget for the program does this represent.

(5) How do these results compare with the program’s targets.

(6) What does the Government consider to be the main obstacles to the program meeting its targets before its completion.

2012  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—With reference to a number of complaints received by Senator Brown in relation to the switch from AM to FM band radio in Northern Tasmania and given that since the switch ABC radio cannot be properly received in areas west of Doctors’ Rocks and in Ulverstone and Mawbanna: what is being done to rectify this loss of reception in these communities.

2013  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) For each financial year since 1997-98, can the following details be provided in relation to excise duty on: (a) aviation gasoline; and (b) aviation kerosene: (i) the projected revenue, and (ii) the actual revenue.

(2) For each financial year, can details be provided of the relevant excise duty rate.

(3) With reference to evidence by officers of the department to the Economics Legislation Committee on 4 June 2003 that ‘the aviation fuels excise is raised to provide funding for CASA and other air safety regulation’: can details be provided of the expenditure of aviation fuels excise for each financial year since 1997-98.

2014  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the Chief Executive Officer of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Mr Peter Reading, to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 24 May 2006, that ‘what the GRDC is doing is trying to gradually move out of breeding altogether’: (a) when that advice was first provided to: (i) the Minister, and (ii) the Grains Council of Australia; and (b) why is the GRDC moving out of breeding.

 

 2015  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1) Has the Grains Research and Development Corporation sold Single Vision Grains Australia Limited to ‘interim’ directors of the unincorporated venture Single Vision or directors of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited; if so: (a) on what date; and (b) what consideration was paid.

(2) Has the Grains Research and Development Corporation gifted Single Vision Grains Australia Limited to ‘interim’ directors of the unincorporated venture Single Vision or directors of Single Vision Grains Australia Limited; if so: (a) on what date; and (b) why.

2016  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to the ‘unincorporated venture’ Single Vision (as described by the Chair of the Grain Research and Development Corporation, Mr Terry Enright, in evidence to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 24 May 2006):

(1) Are the ‘interim’ directors exposed to liability due to the unincorporated nature of the venture.

(2) Has the Grains Research and Development Corporation sought legal advice in this matter; if so: (a) on what date; (b) from what source; (c) on what date was advice received; (d) what was the cost of the advice; and (e) can a copy of the advice be provided; if not, why not.

2017  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to evidence by the Chair of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Mr Terry Enright, to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee on 24 May 2006 that in relation to the unincorporated venture Single Vision ‘we went to Grains Week and what we have now is what they asked for’:

(1) Is: (a) the GRDC; and (b) the Minister, aware of a statement issued by the Grains Council of Australia (GCA) on 8 July 2005 that says ‘the model being pursued by GRDC was not consistent with that developed by GCA during the second half of 2004 and early 2005’.

(2) Can the Minister explain how Mr Enright’s evidence is consistent with this post-Grains Week 2004 statement by the GCA.