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Notice given 1 December 2006

2904  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—With reference to the export of weapons and military equipment for the 2005-06 financial year:

(1) By value, what were the largest 200 defence export approvals.

(2) What are the names of the companies that were involved in each of these contracts.

(3) To which countries did each of these approvals refer.

2906  Senator Webber: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) Is the Minister aware of any contact between the department or the Australian Defence Force and the directors or staff of Knight Industries Pty Ltd.

(2) Is the Minister aware of any attempts by the department to acquire the technology known as the Knight Direct Location System, also known as KDLS.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that the department has conducted testing on this technology or investigated it in any way.

(4) Can the Minister confirm that a military police officer was with police when Mr Peter Cowell was arrested in November 2004.


 2907  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What steps, if any, does the Government propose to take in educating the public about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.

(2) Aside from cervical cancer, what other cancers have been associated with HPV.

(3) Is the Minister aware that infection rates for HPV are as common in men as women.

(4) Does data available to the Government suggest that the HPV vaccine is effective in providing protection against HPV in boys.

(5) Is the HPV vaccine approved for use in boys in Australia or overseas; if so: (a) given that genital HPV is transmitted mainly by direct genital contact during intercourse, did the Government consider that vaccinating boys would be an important part of providing ‘herd immunity’; if not, why not; and (b) will any education campaign on the HPV vaccine acknowledge the potential benefits for vaccinating boys.

(6) What would be the cost to the Commonwealth of providing the HPV vaccination to both girls and boys.