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Notice given 8 November 2006

2618  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) With reference to the answer to question on notice no.1574, paragraph (4) (Senate Hansard, 9 May 2006, p. 199) what was the penalty imposed for each of the 24 personnel awaiting determination of drug offences.

(2) (a) How many drug tests have been administered to Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel by service, since 1 February 2006; (b) how many tests returned positive results and at which sites; (c) what was the incidence of different drug types; and (d) what penalties have been imposed to date.

(3) As at 1 November 2006, how many ADF personnel are currently being treated for alcoholism or are receiving counselling for alcohol substance abuse.

(4) For each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date, by service, how many personnel have been discharged for: (a) alcohol substance abuse; and (b) drug usage.

(5) For the year 2006 to date, how many trainees have been disciplined or counselled by military or civil authorities at the: (a) Australian Defence Force Academy for: (i) intoxication, and (ii) drug usage; and (b) Royal Military College, Duntroon for: (i) intoxication, and (ii) drug usage.

(6) For each of the years 2005 and 2006 to date, what percentage of ADF applicants were rejected for past drug usage.

2621  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) With particular reference to rest breaks and minimum sleep time, what guidelines exist in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for the maximum hours of duty to be performed on any 1 day and on consecutive days.

(2) What guidelines exist in the ADF with respect to the imposition of the disciplinary measure of sleep deprivation caused by long hours of duty resulting in sleep periods less than 8 hours per day, as might for example be imposed as part of restriction of privileges.

(3) (a) What provisions exist for the recording of disciplinary measures imposed, such as restriction of privileges; and (b) how is such discipline supervised.

(4) For the 2005-06 financial year: (a) on how many occasions were disciplinary measures taken involving deprivation of less than 8 hours off duty, (that is by requiring duty in excess of 16 hours per day) at the Army bases of: (i) Holsworthy, (ii) Singleton, (iii) Robertson Barracks, (iv) Townsville, and (iv) Kapooka; (b) what was the average length of time of such discipline; and (c) what was the maximum, and the minimum period of consecutive days on which it applied.

(5) (a) Was the issue of sleep deprivation considered in the Podger report; and (b) has any action been taken to limit its application since the release of the Podger report.


 2622  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) For each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date, what has been the combined resignation and discharge rate of recruits with less than 12 months service in each of the three services; and (b) what statistics exist on the reasons for those discharges whether they be medical or otherwise.

(2) For the 2005-06 financial year, how many applications to join the Australian Defence Force were rejected: (a) on the grounds of: (i) obesity or excessive weight, (ii) past substance abuse including alcohol and drugs, and (iii) poor eyesight; and (b) for any other reason (please specify).

(3) Under the new reduced recruiting standards, what estimates have been made of the additional cost of: (a) medical treatment; and (b) remedial education.

2623  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) At the end of each of the financial years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, how many medically-qualified staff by rank or type were in each of the services.

(2) By type, what is the current shortfall of qualified medical staff in each of the services.

(3) (a) What is the most common form of employment of medically-qualified personnel; and (b) at present, what percentage of the total are contracted.

(4) What estimate is there of medical consultations or individual provisions of medical service conducted currently for: (a) the Defence Health Services Division (DHSD) on base: (i) each week, and (ii) annually; and (b) private or public medical services off base: (i) each week, and (ii) annually.

(5) (a) How many rehabilitation cases are currently active within the system; and (b) for each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date, what was the total number of active rehabilitation cases.

(6) For each of the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to date: (a) what was the cost of rehabilitation treatment; and (b) which providers received the five largest amounts.

(7) What was the distribution of rehabilitation cases for the 2006-06 financial year, by type of injury or illness, for each of the services.

(8) For the 2005-06 financial year: (a) what was the total sum paid to private medical providers off base for the treatment of Australian Defence Force serving personnel; and (b) by type, what was the sum paid for medical specialists.

(9) For the 2005-06 financial year, how many cases of: (a) alcohol substance abuse and addiction; and (b) drug dependency, were treated by the DHSD.

2624  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—Has the book Final Exit by the American author Derek Humphrey, ever been a prohibited import under the Customs Act 1901 or regulations; if so, and if the book is no longer a prohibited import, how and in what circumstances did it cease to be a prohibited import.