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Notice given 30 August 2007

3448  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) In regard to the introduction of 99-year leases in Aboriginal communities, is it the case that the agreements are written in English only and that local language translations are not made available to traditional owners.

 

 (2) Is it the case that some, or many, traditional owners cannot read or understand English; if so, does the Minister accept that this means that some, or many, traditional owners do not understand the agreements they are signing.

(3) Is it the case that, as reported in an article in the Northern Territory News of 12 May 2007, ‘Confusion on Tiwi land deal’ (p. 14), some traditional owners of the Mantiyupwi community on the Tiwi Islands thought that they were signing a $50 ‘sitting fee’ form for their presence at a Tiwi Land Council meeting in May 2007 and not a 99-year lease; if so, how does the Minister respond to the signing of the lease in those circumstances.

3449  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Is the Minister aware that the Food and Drug Administration in the United States of America issued a MedWatch alert on 17 August 2007 on the use of medications containing codeine by breast-feeding mothers, after it was found that up to 28 per cent of nursing mothers rapidly metabolise codeine into morphine, resulting in infant deaths.

(2) Will the Therapeutic Goods Administration issue a similar alert.