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Notice given 28 August 2001

3857  Senator Lees: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Aged Care—

(1) What is the incidence of end-stage renal failure among Indigenous people in the Barkly region in the Northern Territory.

(2) Is it true that the Northern Territory is the only state or territory in Australia that does not have a home dialysis service.

(3) What action is the Federal Government taking to ensure the needs of patients with renal failure in the Northern Territory are being met.

3858  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister for the Environment and Heritage—

(1) Is the Minister aware that the former Northern Territory Chief Minister (Mr Burke) indicated an intention to direct funding provided under the National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality Control to the control of weeds and feral animals control programs.

(2) Has the Northern Territory Government sought funding for these programs through the national action plan; if so: (a) has the funding been approved; and (b) what was the reason for allocating funding for these programs.

(3) Will the Commonwealth require evidence from states and territories of appropriate land clearing and water allocation legislation and regulations, consistent with the goals of the national action plan or evidence of progress towards such legislation and regulations prior to release of funding under the plan; if so, what are the mechanisms for reporting progress.

(4) At what intervals, over the life of the funding under the national action plan, will the states and territories be required to report on progress.

(5) Have any targets been set under the bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth and the states and territories for improving governance of land and water management; if so, can details be provided.