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Notice given 27 September 2006

2512  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing —With reference to the article in The Melbourne Age on 5 August 2006 ‘Big tobacco flicks cash at pub ban: How the cigarette company giants are funding clubland’s smoking fightback’:

(1) Is the Government aware of reports that hoteliers have been offered financial inducements by tobacco companies to finance open air venues and accommodate smokers once stricter indoor smoking bans are introduced in Victoria in 2007.

(2) Has the Government taken action to examine the legality of the above financial inducements; if so, what action has been taken.

(3) Has the Government taken action to explore measures to combat the moves by tobacco companies to impede the spirit of the indoor smoking bans; if so, what action has been taken.

2513  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Is the Prime Minister opposed to the execution by Indonesia of Australians Scott Rush, Tan Duc Than Nguyen, Si Yi Chen, Matthew Norman, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan; if so, will the Prime Minister express this view publicly: (a) in Australia; and (b) to the President of Indonesia.

(2) What representations have been made to date to Indonesia on the matter of the execution sentence of these six young Australians.

(3) Given that the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr Downer) is reported as saying ‘We will at the appropriate time support appeals for clemency’: (a) when will the time be appropriate; and (b) what form will such support take.

(4) What meaning did the Prime Minister intend for reported comments that ‘We should see this sentence as a warning about the dangers of carrying drugs through Asian countries’ insofar as the death penalty is concerned.

2514  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads —

(1) Is the Minister aware that Swedish auto manufacturer, Saab, produces the Saab 9-5 2.0t Biopower which in less than a year, has become the top selling environmentally friendly car in the market and runs on 85 per cent ethanol/15 per cent petrol, 100 per cent ethanol, 100 per cent petrol or any blended combination.

(2) Is the Minister aware that Saab Australia will shortly be running a demonstration fleet of 9-5 2.0t Biopower vehicles in Australia.

(3) Given the current prohibition on ethanol/petrol blends of higher than 10 per cent ethanol, will the Government: (a) provide an exemption for these demonstration fleet vehicles; and (b) change the legislation to allow 85 per cent/15 per cent ethanol/petrol blends.


 2515  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—

(1) How many young unemployed Australians have a learning disability.

(2) What programs are available to support these young people entering into full-time employment.

(3) (a) How many young people with a learning disability complete an employment readiness program; and (b) how many of these young people go onto full-time employment.

(4) What impact will the welfare to work legislation have on these young people.

(5) Is the Government monitoring the impact of the legislative changes on the quality of life of young people with a learning disability and their likelihood of entering full-time employment.

2516  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) (a) Who can receive access to subsidised Rilutek as part of treatment for motor neurone disease; and (b) what limitations are placed on this access.

(2) Do these limitations include an age restriction; if so: (a) what is the justification for discriminating on the basis of age; and (b) what comparable medicines are available for people who do not meet the age criteria.

(3) Do criteria for access to subsidised Rilutek include length of illness; if so: (a) what is the justification for this; and (b) what comparable medicines are available for people who do not meet the length of illness criteria.

(4) What steps has the Government taken to ensure that people under the age of 65 with motor neurone disease and who require levels of support that are currently only provided in residential aged care facilities are able to access that care outside of a residential aged care facility.

2517  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—With reference to the $3.2 million in funding to support the education of gifted and talented students announced in August 2004 by the then Minister for Education, Science and Training in response to the 2001 Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education References Committee report The Education of Gifted Children :

(1) What is the timeline for the allocation of the funding.

(2) How much of the funding has been spent.

(3) Can details be provide on: (a) which facilities received the grants of $10 000 each to assist teacher education faculties to acquire expertise in gifted education; (b) the series of workshops for parents of gifted children in rural and remote areas that were funded under this initiative; and (c) how the $2.3 million for the professional development of teachers was allocated.

(4) Has any evaluation of these activities been conducted; if so, can a copy of any reports be provided; if not, is any evaluation planned.

(5) Will more funding be made available; if so: (a) when; and (b) how much.