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Notice given 11 October 2006

2555  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the development of new treatment technologies in the area of radiation oncology such as the CyberKnife.

(2) What information does the Government have on the safety and effectiveness of this technology.

(3) Has the Medical Services Advisory Committee assessed the CyberKnife for use in Australia; if so: (a) when; and (b) what was the outcome.

2556  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Has the Government considered establishing a litigation fund for individuals who wish to pursue legal claims for compensation against tobacco companies for smoking-related illnesses and deaths; if not: (a) why not; and (b) will the Government do so.

(2) Has the Government considered passing legislation similar to the Tobacco Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act 2000 adopted in British Columbia, which authorizes the Government of British Columbia to seek recovery of tobacco-related health care costs that have arisen as a result of the tobacco industry’s misconduct; if not: (a) why not; and (b) will the Government do so.

2557  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Vocational and Technical Education—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 2080 (Senate Hansard , 12 September 2006, p. 119), regarding the Government’s Australian Technical Colleges located in each of the following regions: (1) Central Coast Region (Gosford); (2) Hunter Region; (3) Illawarra Region; (4) Port Macquarie Region; (5) Western Sydney Region; (6) Darwin Region; (7) Gladstone Region; (8) Gold Coast Region; (9) North Brisbane Region; (10) North Queensland (Townsville) Region; (11) Adelaide North Region; (12) Adelaide South Region; (13) Spencer Gulf and Outback (Port Augusta/Whyalla) Region; (14) Northern Tasmanian Region; (15) Gippsland (Bairnsdale/Sale) Region; (16) Bendigo Region; (17) Eastern Melbourne Region; (18) Geelong Region; (19) Sunshine Region; (20) Warrnambool Region; (21) Perth South Region; and (22) Pilbara Region, can an update of the following be provided:

(a) details of board members, including name, role and current employment;

(b) the street address of the college;

(c) details of the quantum of rental paid and ownership of building used for the college;

(d) details of any renovations undertaken, including costs and name of the contractor; and

(e) details of any company appointed to audit college financial accounts or to assist with financial management.