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Notice given 10 February 2009

*1292  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to the Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Complementary Medicines , which provide for ‘targeted and random desk-based audits of listed medicines’ by the Therapeutic Goods Administration:

(1) (a) How are targets selected; and (b) how many medicines have been selected by targeting in each of the past 5 years.

(2) (a) By what means have random selections been made; (b) who conducts the randomisation process; and (c) how many medicines have been selected under this procedure in each of the past 5 years.

(3) (a) How many listed products have been the subject of requests for information under section 31 of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act); and (b) of these, how many were delisted under each of the following processes set out in section 30 of the Act: (i) the summary process, and (ii) the show-cause process.

*1293  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—With reference to the answer to question on notice 1210 (Senate Hansard , 4 February 2009, p. 102):

(1) Can the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) confirm that the Violations of Controlled Airspace (VCAs) that did not result in prosecution did not involve other breaches as well as VCA breaches.

(2) What factors separated the 18 cases referred to CASA’s Enforcement Policy and Practice Branch from the remaining 5 094 that were not referred to the branch.

*1294  Senator Barnett: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Can a list be provided of the names of all Government boards, specifying for each board: (a) the identity of each board member; and (b) the gender balance for each board.

(2) Can the overall gender balance for all of the boards be provided, and this same figure provided as at November 2007.

(3) The Victorian Government has recently adopted a policy of moving toward half of all positions of their boards and committees being occupied by women, does the Federal Government have plans to adopt a similar practice.

*1295  Senator Barnett: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—

(1) Since the Government took office in November 2007: (a) how many days has a person other than the Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd, acted in the position of Prime Minister; and (b) can a breakdown be provided of: (i) who has acted in this position, (ii) on what dates did that person act in this position, (iii) what is the total number of days this person has acted in this position, and (iv) what was the reason for this person to act in this position.

(2) In regard to the Prime Minister’s travel outside of Australia since the Government took office: (a) what was: (i) the total cost for each visit, (ii) the purpose and dates of each visit, and (iii) the identities of the travelling party; and (b) can a breakdown of the travel costs, including accommodation, be provided for: (i) the travelling party, and (ii) each individual.

 

 *1296  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) Can a list be provided of all consultants contracted by the department in the process of preparing the modelling in the report, Australia’s low pollution future: The economics of climate change mitigation .

(2) How much did the department pay each of these consultants.

(3) (a) How much did the department pay for access to the model codes and/or database of the Monash multi-regional forecasting model; and (b) was this fee the equivalent to the fee payable by anyone seeking to purchase access to these model codes and/or database on the open market: (i) in Australia, and (ii) overseas; if not, was it higher or lower.

(4) (a) How much did the department pay for access to the model codes and/or database of the global trade and environment model; and (b) was this fee the equivalent to the fee payable by anyone seeking to purchase access to these model codes and/or database on the open market: (i) in Australia, and (ii) overseas; if not, was it higher or lower.

*1297  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—Can a breakdown be provided, by state and territory, of the expenditure on each component of the exceptional circumstances assistance to farmers for the financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08 and the estimated expenditure for 2008-09, including: (a) income support (interim support and exceptional circumstances relief payments); (b) business support; and (c) interest subsidies.