Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document


Previous Fragment    Next Fragment

Notice given 5 December 2006

*2915  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer provided on 5 December 2006 to question Corp 01 taken on notice during the supplementary budget estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee on 30 October 2006 (Committee Hansard , p. 6):

(1) As the answer provided has not addressed the whole of the question, can the Minister advise whether any prospective employee has made a request to reside and work temporarily in a city which is not home base.

(2) What was the nature of the request.

(3) Was the request successful; if not, why not.

 

 *2916  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—For each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date: has any member of the Federal Parliament, a state or territory parliament or the judiciary been the subject of: telecommunications interceptions, placement of monitoring devices in her or his ongoing or anticipated or unexpected proximity, or surveillance of any other kind, except where a criminal prosecution has ensued; if so, in each case: (i) what were the circumstances surrounding the surveillance, (ii) who authorised it, (iii) who carried it out, and (iv) why was it conducted.

*2917  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the National Road Safety Action Plan for 2007 and 2008 which notes the following as a ‘highest-impact action’: ‘Governments to implement vehicle fleet purchasing policies that have high regard to vehicle safety standards for both occupants and pedestrians, and that promote uptake in the general fleet of effective advanced safety features such as ESP. Encourage private sector organisations or adopt similar policies’: As the department has the primary responsibility for the nation’s road safety, is the department implementing this action; if so, what action is the department taking; if not, does the department expect private organisations to implement this part of the action plan without any leadership being shown by the department.

*2918  Senator O’Brien: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the answer provided on 5 December 2006 to question Corp 06 taken on notice during the supplementary budget estimates hearing of the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee on 30 October 2006 (Committee Hansard p. 10), where the department stated ‘The vehicle selection guidance issued by the Department of Finance and Administration does not refer to ANCAP’:

(1) Are the vehicle selection guidelines issued by the Department of Finance and Administration minimum or maximum guides.

(2) Are there any guidelines issued by any agency that would preclude the department instituting an additional requirement that vehicles for the department’s staff should have a minimum rating under the Australian New Car Assessment Program.

*2919  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the new Medicare rebates for focused psychological strategies and the psychological therapy clinical psychologist services:

(1) Why has no Medicare item number been provided for public hospital psychiatrists to directly refer their hospital psychiatric or medical patients to private clinical psychologists.

(2) What is the anticipated cost to Medicare of the need for people to go to a general practitioner (GP) or another psychiatrist for a referral to a private clinical psychologist.

(3) What was the rationale for the limit on the number of sessions per patient for specialist clinical psychologists (that is, two lots of six sessions, with a further six sessions in exceptional circumstances determined by GPs, in relation to the Medicare rebated 50 sessions per year for private psychiatrists).

(4) What is the rationale for the requirement that GPs must review the therapy and outcome with patients after six sessions with a specialist clinical psychologist, given that GPs are not required in any other health system to do this review of a specialist’s work.

 

 (5) Has the Minister considered the implications of the fact that the ‘mental disorder diagnosis’ is available as a public record and could prejudice patient opportunities to obtain income protection and certain other insurances, especially if the diagnosis is depression.

(6) How will the new system be monitored, particularly with regard to barriers to patient access to psychological therapies and, for instance, the increased paper work required of GPs.