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Notice given 12 June 2012

Senator Abetz: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1877-1878)—With reference to the statement made by the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport (Senator Kim Carr) during question time on Wednesday, 8 February 2012 (Senate Hansard , p. 367):

(1) Can a definition of ‘poverty wages’ be provided.

(2) Does the Minister stand by the statement.

1877 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations on 14 June 2012)

1878 Minister for Human Services ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations on 14 June 2012)

1879  Senator Ludlam: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health—

(1) Given that on 31 May 2011 the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B carcinogen, and the inability of the Australian telecommunication industry to obtain public liability insurance for potential health effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMR), what financial provision is the Australian Government making to cover future public liability claims and health costs for Australians for illnesses caused by EMR.

(2) Given that, for more than 10 years, Switzerland has been operating with an EMR standard that is 1 per cent of the current Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency standard (proving this to be both technically and economically viable), why is Australia not adopting this precautionary approach in light of the WHO classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B carcinogen.

1880  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the evening of 3 April 2012, and the assertion that the Prime Minister was not able to be contacted:

(1) Where was the Prime Minister.

(2) Why was the Prime Minister unreachable.

(3) Was an Acting Prime Minister appointed.

(4) Did the Prime Minister have contact with her office from 5 pm on this date.