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Notice given 20 October 2006

2588  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is it the case that the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has rejected an application for the evaluation, via the over-the-counter route, of a new non-prescription analgesic containing a low dose opioid.

(2) Is it the case that there is a TGA mechanism whereby an applicant can submit a ‘Justification for proposed route of evaluation’; if so, does this justification process apply to medicines in Schedules 4, 8 and 9 of the ‘Standard for the uniform scheduling of drugs and poisons’.

(3) What factors are taken into account in assessing the justification.

(4) Why was this application rejected.

2590  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—With reference to information supplied by the operators of the forestry project on the Tiwi islands to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s ABC News Online internet site on 10 February 2006, that 15 000 tonnes of timber worth $1.5 million was shipped in February 2006 (in the form of whole logs) from the Tiwi Islands for sale in China for use as high quality furniture and flooring timber:

(1) How much did that shipment earn in Australian dollars.

(2) Was the money paid to Great Southern Plantations, the Tiwi Land Council or some other entity.

(3) If the money was paid to some other entity: (a) what is its name; and (b) what is its role in the forestry project on the Tiwi Islands.

(4) Has any of that money been paid to the traditional owners of the land from which the timber was sourced; if so: (a) how much; and (b) to whom.

(5) How many other shipments of logs have been sent from the Tiwi Islands over the past 3 years and, in each case:

(a) what was the volume exported;

(b) what was the destination;

(c) how much was paid for the shipment;

(d) to whom was the payment made; and

(e) has any of that money been paid to the traditional owners of the land from which the timber was sourced; if so: (i) how much, and (ii) to whom.