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Notice given 16 May 2006

1797  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Given that the National Alcohol Strategy - A Plan for Action 2001 - 2003-04 expired on 30 June 2004, when will the National Alcohol Strategy 2005-2009 be: (a) finalised; (b) endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy; and (c) made publicly available.

(2) With regard to the National Alcohol Strategy 2005-2009, will funds be allocated towards the implementation of the strategy; if so: (a) how much; and when will the funds be made available.

(3) When did the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) last revise its guidelines for the use of alcohol during pregnancy.

(4) How does the NHMRC’s guideline for the use of alcohol during pregnancy compare with recommendations in other OECD countries, including the United States of America, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

(5) When will the NHMRC’s guideline for the use of alcohol during pregnancy be next revised.