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Thursday, 12 December 2002
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Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 23 September 2002:

(1) With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 569, part (1) (House of Representatives Hansard, 20 August 2002, p. 5291): What are the same details for each electorate in all other states.

(2) In all states, which government and non-government members and senators have been advised of such visits, and on how many occasions, in each of the past 3 years.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The number of site visits or information seminars conducted under the Department of Veterans' Affairs outreach program in all federal electorates are provided in the tables below, by state. It is to be noted that reporting periods vary between the Department of Veterans' Affairs State Offices depending on the data collection methodology used.

New South Wales (figures provided from 1 January 2001 to 30 September 2002)

Electorate

Number of site visits/information seminars

Banks

0*

Barton

0*

Bennelong

0*

Berowra

0*

Blaxland

0*

Bradfield

0*

Calare

37

Charlton

4

Chifley

0*

Cook

0*

Cowper

0**

Dobell

7

Eden-Monaro

25

Farrer

38****

Fowler

0*

Gilmore

26

Grayndler

0*

Greenway

0*

Gwydir

86

Hughes

0*

Hume

27

Hunter

16

Kingsford-Smith

0*

Lindsay

4

Lowe

0*

Lyne

11

Macarthur

0*

Mackellar

0*

Macquarie

7

Mitchell

0*

New England

52

Newcastle

8

North Sydney

0*

Page

29

Parkes

63***

Parramatta

0*

Paterson

14

Prospect

0*

Reid

0*

Richmond

20

Riverina

39

Robertson

27

Shortland

13

Sydney

0*

Throsby

0*

Warringah

0*

Watson

0*

Wentworth

0*

Werriwa

0*

* Outreach occurs within the metropolitan electorates but it predominantly relates to visits to individual homes and veterans in hospital or institutions, as such it falls outside the definition of the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) “Outreach Program” used to compile information for the response. Other outreach visits to organisations, including ex-service organisations (ESOs), occur but they are generally informal approaches and not specifically programmed as are the outreach to rural areas. The availability of DVA offices in the Sydney metropolitan area, better transport, and the operation of the DVA trained Pension and Welfare Officers from ESOs meet the demand for information from the veteran community effectively in Sydney metro areas.

** The opening of the DVA Agency arrangements at Coffs Harbour Centrelink in 1999, provided improved access to information and advice on DVA services and entitlements for veterans in the Cowper electorate. Access to the Veterans' Affairs Network (VAN) services at Coffs Harbour Centrelink became available 5 days a week all year round. Outreach from Lismore VAN to Coffs Harbour continued for a short time after the opening of the Coffs Harbour Centrelink Office to assist with promoting the new service. Home and Hospital visits from Centrelink Coffs Harbour do occur on a needs basis in the immediate area.

*** 59 outreach visits undertaken by NSW, 4 outreach visits undertaken by SA.

**** 11 outreach visits conducted by NSW, 27 outreach visits conducted by VIC.

The figures shown in the table above represent forward scheduled visits only. Occasionally, ad-hoc visits targeting a needs-specific audience (for example, a dementia, retirement or resettlement seminar, or to address specific groups such as the War Widows' Guild, Legacy or an ex-service organisation) are conducted. The figures provided do not include these ad-hoc visits.

Australian Capital Territory (figures provided from 1 January 2001 to 30 September 2002)

Electorate

Number of site visits/information seminars

Canberra

0*

Fraser

0*

*The Australian Capital Territory is serviced by the Canberra Veterans Affairs Network (VAN) Office. Under the outreach program, site visits and information sessions are undertaken in NSW by Canberra VAN. However information seminars that do not come under the Department's “Outreach Program” are regularly organised and presented within the federal electorates of Canberra and Fraser. The above table does not reflect these information seminars.

Victoria (figures provided from January 2001 to June 2002)

Electorate

Number of site visits/information seminars

Aston

1

Ballarat

12

Batman

4

Bendigo

4

Bruce

5

Burke

9

Calwell

1

Casey

8

Chisholm

6

Corangamite

11

Corio

6

Deakin

2

Dunkley

1

Flinders

16

Gellibrand

8

Gippsland

46

Goldstein

2

Higgins

3

Holt

0*

Hotham

1

Indi

38

Isaacs

0*

Jagajaga

28

Kooyong

6

La Trobe

1

Lalor

4

Mallee

70

Maribyrnong

3

McEwen

35

McMillan

14

Melbourne

9

Melbourne Ports

0**

Menzies

2

Murray

22

Scullin

1

Wannon

47

Wills

0***

* These federal electorates are serviced by the Frankston VAN. Numerous ad-hoc visits are not included in these figures.

** This federal electorate is serviced by the Frankston VAN and State Office.

*** This federal electorate is serviced by the Community Advisers from the State Office.

The figures shown in the above table represent forward scheduled and some ad-hoc visits.

South Australia (figures provided from January 2001 to October 2002)

Electorate

Number of site visits/information seminars

Adelaide

7

Barker

44

Bonython

3

Boothby

4

Grey

14

Hindmarsh

3

Kingston

4

Makin

1

Mayo

4

Port Adelaide

3

Sturt

2

Wakefield

25

Northern Territory (figures provided from January 2001 to October 2002)

Electorate

Number of site visits/information seminars

Lingiari

9

Solomon

3

The figures shown in the above table represent forward scheduled visits only. Ad-hoc visits are not included.

Western Australia (figures provided from January 2001 to June 2002)

Electorate

Number of site visits/information seminars

Brand

25

Canning

32

Cowan

7

Curtin

19

Forrest

38

Fremantle

8

Hasluck

9

Kalgoorlie

28

Moore

17

O'Connor

31

Pearce

31

Perth

16

Stirling

11

Swan

10

Tangney

12

The figures shown in the above table represent visits to sites in these electorates to present information to the veteran community in seminars, information sessions, Country Visits Program or meetings with ex-service organisations and service providers. The Western Australian State Office also operates a dedicated Home Visiting Service for veterans and their families in the Perth Metropolitan area south to Mandurah.

In addition to these visits, there are other ad-hoc visits arranged through Veterans Home Care (VHC), Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service (VVCS) and other sections of the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The table above does not include the figures for ad-hoc visits. These activities are designed to meet both specific requests by, and the needs of, local communities.

Tasmania (figures provided from 1 January 2001 to 30 September 2002)

Electorate

Number of site visits/information seminars

Bass

44

Braddon

121

Denison

2

Franklin

33

Lyons

144

The figures shown above represent Tasmanian Country Visits program, Seminars, Information sessions and Expos conducted. In addition there are many ad hoc visits arranged by the Community Support Adviser, VVCS and various other sections of the DVA Tasmanian State Office. These visits are the result of specific requests for information and to address identified needs in the community. The table above does not include figures from ad-hoc visits.

(2) The number of outreach visits advised to government and non-government members and senators for the past 3 years is shown in the tables below. It is to be noted that the organisation of outreach is coordinated at a State level and tailored to the needs of the community.

New South Wales

Electorate

Member

2000

2001

2002

Party

Banks

Melham, Mr Daryl

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Barton

McClelland, Mr Robert

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Bennelong

Howard, The Hon John

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Berowra

Ruddock, The Hon Philip

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Blaxland

Hatton, Mr Michael

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Bradfield

Nelson, The Hon Dr Brendan

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Calare

Andren, Mr Peter

17

17

20

Independent

Charlton

Hoare, Ms Kelly

0

2

2

Labor

Chifley

Price, The Hon Roger

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Cook

Baird, The Hon Bruce

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Cowper

Hartsuyker, Mr Luke

0*

0*

0*

National

Dobell

Ticehurst, Mr Ken

0

4

0

Liberal

Eden-Monaro

Nairn, Mr Gary

17

17

8

Liberal

Farrer

Fischer, The Hon Timothy

6**

7***

0

National

Farrer

Ley, Mrs Sussan

0

0

6****

Liberal

Fowler

Irwin, Mrs Julia

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Gilmore

Gash, Mrs Joanna

18

13

13

Liberal

Grayndler

Albanese, Mr Anthony

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Greenway

Mossfield, Mr Frank

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Gwydir

Anderson, The Hon John

41

45

41

National

Hughes

Vale, The Hon Danna

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Hume

Schultz, Mr Alby

17

19

8

Liberal

Hunter

Fitzgibbon, Mr Joel

4

10

6

Labor

Kingsford-Smith

Brereton, The Hon Laurie

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Lindsay

Kelly, The Hon Jackie

2

2

2

Liberal

Lowe

Murphy, Mr John

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Lyne

Vaile, The Hon Mark

7

5

6

National

Macarthur

Farmer, Mr Pat

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Mackellar

Bishop, The Hon Bronwyn

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Macquarie

Bartlett, Mr Kerry

6

2

5

Liberal

Mitchell

Cadman, The Hon Alan

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

New England

Windsor, Mr Tony

0

0

26

Independent

New England

St Clair, Mr Stuart

26

26

0

National

Newcastle

Grierson, Ms Sharon

0

0

3

Labor

Newcastle

Morris, Mr Allan

0

5

0

Labor

North Sydney

Hockey, The Hon Joe

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Page

Causley, The Hon Ian

18

18

11

National

Parkes

Cobb, Mr John

0

0

25

National

Parkes

Lawler, Mr Tony

32

34

0

National

Parramatta

Cameron, The Hon Ross

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Paterson

Baldwin, Mr Bob

0

0

7

Liberal

Paterson

Horne, Mr Bob

4

7

0

Labor

Prospect

Crosio, The Hon Janice

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Reid

Ferguson, Mr Laurie

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Richmond

Anthony, The Hon Larry

10

12

8

National

Riverina

Hull, Mrs Kay

17

25

14

National

Robertson

Lloyd, Mr Jim

0

15

12

Liberal

Shortland

Hall, Ms Jill

0

8

5

Labor

Sydney

Plibersek, Ms Tanya

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Throsby

George, Ms Jennie

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Warringah

Abbott, The Hon Tony

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Watson

McLeay, The Hon Leo

0*

0*

0*

Labor

Wentworth

King, Mr Peter

0*

0*

0*

Liberal

Werriwa

Latham, Mr Mark

0*

0*

0*

Labor

* No outreach undertaken (see part (1) above under New South Wales).

** Informed by NSW 5 times, once informed by VIC.

*** Informed by NSW 6 times, once informed by VIC.

**** Informed by NSW 5 times, once informed by VIC.

It is the practice of the New South Wales State Office to inform members of scheduled visits by letter several weeks before the event. On the occasion when ad-hoc visits are conducted for a needs-specific audience (for example, a dementia, retirement or resettlement seminar, or to address specific groups such as the War Widows' Guild, Legacy or an ex-service organisation), members are not advised.

It is not the practice of the New South Wales State Office to advise senators of scheduled outreach visits in their base region.

Australian Capital Territory

The Australian Capital Territory is serviced by the Canberra Veterans Affairs Network (VAN) Office. Under the outreach program, site visits and information sessions are undertaken in NSW by Canberra VAN. However information seminars that do not come under the Department's “Outreach Program” are regularly organised and presented within the federal electorates of Canberra and Fraser. Members and senators are usually not advised of these ad-hoc information seminars.

Victoria

Electorate

Member

2000

2001

2002

Party

Aston

Pearce, Mr Chris

0**

0**

0**

Liberal

Ballarat

King, Ms Catherine

0

0

1*

Labor

Ballarat

Ronaldson, The Hon Michael

1*

1*

0

Liberal

Batman

Ferguson, Mr Martin

1*

1*

1*

Labor

Bendigo

Gibbons, Mr Steve

1*

0

0

Labor

Bruce

Griffin, Mr Alan

0**

0**

0**

Labor

Burke

O'Connor, Mr Brendan

0

0

1*

Labor

Burke

O'Keefe, The Hon Neil

1*

1*

0

Labor

Calwell

Vamvakinou, Ms Maria

0**

0**

0**

Labor

Casey

Smith, Mr Tony

0

0

1*

Liberal

Casey

Woolbridge, Mr Michael

1*

1*

0

Liberal

Chisholm

Burke, Ms Anna

1*

1*

1*

Labor

Corangamite

McArthur, Mr Stewart

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

Corio

O'Connor, Mr Gavan

0**

0**

0**

Labor

Deakin

Barresi, Mr Phillip

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

Dunkley

Billson, Mr Bruce

0**

0**

0**

Liberal

Flinders

Hunt, Mr Greg

0

0

1*

Liberal

Flinders

Reith, The Hon Peter

1*

1*

0

Liberal

Gellibrand

Roxon, Ms Nicola

1*

1*

1*

Labor

Gippsland

McGauran, The Hon Peter

1*

1*

1*

National

Goldstein

Kemp, The Hon Dr David

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

Higgins

Costello, The Hon Peter

0**

0**

0**

Liberal

Holt

Byrne, Mr Anthony

0***

0***

0***

Labor

Hotham

Crean, The Hon Simon

1*

1*

1*

Labor

Indi

Lieberman, the Hon Lou

1*

1*

0

Liberal

Indi

Panopoulos, Ms Sophie

0

0

1*

Liberal

Isaacs

Corcoran, Ms Ann

0***

0***

0***

Labor

Jagajaga

Macklin, Ms Jenny

1*

1*

1*

Labor

Kooyong

Georgiou, Mr Petro

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

La Trobe

Charles, Mr Bob

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

Lalor

Gillard, Ms Julia

1*

1*

1*

Labor

Mallee

Forrest, Mr John

1*

1*

1*

National

Maribyrnong

Sercombe, Mr Bob

1*

1*

1*

Labor

McEwen

Bailey, The Hon Fran

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

McMillan

Zahra, Mr Christian

1*

1*

1*

Labor

Melbourne

Tanner, Mr Lindsay

0**

0**

0**

Labor

Melbourne Ports

Danby, Mr Michael

0***

0***

0***

Labor

Menzies

Andrews, The Hon Kevin

0**

0**

0**

Liberal

Murray

Stone, The Hon Dr Sharman

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

Scullin

Jenkins, Mr Harry

0**

0**

0**

Labor

Wannon

Hawker, Mr David

1*

1*

1*

Liberal

Wills

Thomson, Mr Kelvin

0***

0***

0***

Labor

* It is the practice of the Victorian State Office to inform members of scheduled visits by forwarding the program once per year. On the occasion when ad-hoc visits are conducted members are not usually advised.

** Ad-hoc visits were undertaken, but members were not informed of ad-hoc visits.

*** See part (1) above under Victoria.

It is not the practice of the Victorian State Office to advise senators of scheduled outreach visits in their base region.

Queensland

It is now the practice of the Queensland State Office to inform members and senators of scheduled visits by forwarding the program at the beginning of each month. The number of times members and senators were advised of outreach visits has only been recorded from February 2001 and therefore detailed records before February 2001 are not available.

Electorate

Member

Feb 2001-Dec 2001

Jan 2002-Oct 2002

Party

Blair

Thompson, Mr Cameron

23

11

Liberal

Bowman

Sciacca, The Hon Con

0

1 (from Oct)

Labor

Brisbane

Bevis, The Hon Arch

0

2 (from Sep)

Labor

Capricornia

Livermore, Ms Kirsten

0

2 (from Sep)

Labor

Dawson

Kelly, Mrs De-Anne

6

4

National

Dickson

Dutton, Mr Peter

0

3 (from June)

Liberal

Fadden

Jull, The Hon David

3

2

Liberal

Fairfax

Somlyay, The Hon Alexander

9

10

Liberal

Fisher

Slipper, The Hon Peter

11

9

Liberal

Forde

Elson, Mrs Kay

14

10

Liberal

Griffith

Rudd, Mr Kevin

0**

0**

Labor

Groom

Macfarlane, The Hon Ian

9

8

Liberal

Herbert

Lindsay, Mr Peter

0*

0*

Liberal

Hinkler

Neville, Mr Paul

11

9

National

Kennedy

Katter, The Hon Robert

14

3 (from Sep)

National/ Independent

Leichhardt

Entsch, The Hon Warren

11

6

Liberal

Lilley

Swan, Mr Wayne

0***

0***

Labor

Longman

Brough, The Hon Mal

12

14

Liberal

Maranoa

Scott, The Hon Bruce

20

10

National

McPherson

May, Mrs Margaret

11

6

Liberal

Moncrieff

Ciobo, Mr Steven

0

4 (from April)

Liberal

Moncrieff

Sullivan, The Hon Kathy

11

2

Liberal

Moreton

Hardgrave, The Hon Gary

0**

0**

Liberal

Oxley

Ripoll, Mr Bernie

0***

0***

Labor

Petrie

Gambaro, Ms Teresa

10

9

Liberal

Rankin

Emerson, Mr Craig

0

1 (from Oct)

Labor

Ryan

Johnson, Mr Michael

0**

0**

Liberal

Wide Bay

Truss, The Hon Warren

12

10

National

Senators

Feb 2001-Dec 2001

Jan 2002-Oct 2002

Party

Bartlett, Andrew

0

2 (from Sep)

Democrat

Brandis, George

11

10

Liberal

Boswell, The Hon Ronald

11

10

National

Cherry, John

0

2 (from Sep)

Democrat

Harris, Len

0

2 (from Sep)

One Nation

Herron, The Hon John

11

10

Liberal

Hogg, John

0

2 (from Sep)

Labor

Ludwig, Joe

0

2 (from Sep)

Labor

Macdonald, The Hon Ian

11

10

Liberal

McLucas, Jan

0

2 (from Sep)

Labor

Mason, Brett

11

10

Liberal

Moore, Claire

0

2 (from Sep)

Labor

* Herbert electorate is situated around Townsville and as such is within 30 minutes of the Townsville Veterans' Affairs Network (VAN) Office. The veteran community is well served through the Townsville Office. The Manager North Queensland Regional Office has advised that no requests for outreach within the electorate have been received, however, in the event of a request being received outreach would be provided.

** These electorates are serviced by Brisbane VAN Office, no outreach requests from RSL's within these electorates have been received, however, if a request for an outreach visit was received, outreach would be provided.

*** Outreach activity was conducted in these electorates prior to September 2002 but members were not advised. All members have been advised of any outreach after September 2002.

South Australia and Northern Territory

Procedures are now in place to provide all members and senators in SA and NT with the dates and locations of scheduled outreach visits. An e-mail group is being used to provide the link to the DVA South Australian State Office webpage which contains the six monthly visiting schedule. Any updates or changes will be advised using the same means of communication.

Previously, it was not the normal practice of the South Australian State Office to advise members or senators in advance of an impending visit in either SA or NT. There have been occasional times where promotional flyers have been provided to the country based member electoral Office and been displayed as part of a general promotion of the visit in the town. No figures are available on how many times this has occurred.

Western Australia

Electorate

Member

2000

2001

2002

Party

Brand

Beazley, The Hon Kim

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Canning

Gerick, Ms Jane

4*

4*

0

Labor

Canning

Randall, Mr Don

0

0

4*

Liberal

Cowan

Edwards, The Hon Graham

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Curtin

Bishop, Ms Julie

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Forrest

Prosser, The Hon Geoffrey

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Fremantle

Lawrence, The Hon Dr Carmen

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Hasluck

Jackson, Ms Sharryn

0**

4*

4*

Labor

Kalgoorlie

Haase, Mr Barry

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Moore

Washer, Dr Mal

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

O'Connor

Tuckey, The Hon Wilson

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Pearce

Moylan, The Hon Judi

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Perth

Smith, Mr Stephen

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Stirling

McFarlane, Ms Jann

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Swan

Wilkie, Mr Kim

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Tangney

Williams, The Hon Daryl

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Senators

2000

2001

2002

Party

Bishop, Mark

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Campbell, The Hon Ian

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Cook, The Hon Peter

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Eggleston, Alan

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Ellison, The Hon Christopher

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Evans, Christopher

4*

4*

4*

Labor

Greig, Brian

4*

4*

4*

Democrat

Johnston, David

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Knowles, Susan

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Lightfoot, Ross

4*

4*

4*

Liberal

Murray, Andrew

4*

4*

4*

Democrat

Webber, Ruth

4*

4*

4*

Labor

* It is the practice of the Western Australian State Office to inform members and senators of scheduled visits via the Western Australian State Office magazine “The Western Veteran” which is issued quarterly per year.

** The electorate of Hasluck has only existed since 2001.

Tasmania

Electorate

Member

2000

2001

2002

Party

Bass

O'Byrne, Ms Michelle

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Braddon

Sidebottom, Mr Sid

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Denison

Kerr, The Hon Duncan

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Franklin

Quick, Mr Harry

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Lyons

Adams, The Hon Dick

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Senators

2000

2001

2002

Party

Abetz, The Hon Eric

2*

1**

1**

Liberal

Barnett, Guy

2*

1**

1**

Liberal

Brown, Bob

2*

1**

1**

Greens

Calvert, The Hon Paul

2*

1**

1**

Liberal

Colbeck, Richard

2*

1**

1**

Liberal

Denman, Kay

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Harradine, Brian

2*

1**

1**

Independent

Mackay, Sue

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Murphy, Shayne

2*

1**

1**

Independent

O'Brien, Kerry

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Sherry, The Hon Nick

2*

1**

1**

Labor

Watson, John

2*

1**

1**

Liberal

It is the practice of the Tasmanian State Office to inform senators of scheduled visits by forwarding the Country Visits Roster at the time of publication. **The Roster is only forwarded once per year since the beginning of 2001. *In 2000, the Roster was originally forwarded twice per year.