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Notice given 26 September 2002

699  Senator George Campbell: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources—

(1) Has the Minister, or any of his advisers or departmental officers, met with representatives of Rocklea Spinning Mills Pty Ltd or their agents or advisers to discuss relocating its operations from Moe to Brisbane; if so: (a) when did these meetings take place; (b) where did these meetings take place; (c) who was involved in these meetings; and (d) was a record of these meetings kept; if so, can copies of the records kept be provided.

(2) Was an offer of federal government funding made to the company to relocate the jobs from Moe to Brisbane; if so: (a) how much funding was offered; (b) on what basis would it be provided; and (c) which programs would the funding come from.

(3) Was the Member for Moreton (Mr Hardgrave) or his staff involved in any of the meetings; if so: (a) why; and (b) at which meetings was he or his representative present.

(4) (a) How much funding has Rocklea Spinning Mills Pty Ltd received from the various industry-related programs of the Commonwealth Government since 1996; and (b) for what purpose was this funding provided.

700  Senator Crossin: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—

(1) How many children are currently on the national waiting list for the child care Special Needs Subsidy Scheme.

(2) Where do these children live, by state and territory, and by local government area.

(3) (a) How long are children going to wait on this waiting list; and (b) is the length of time on the waiting list different in each state and territory.

(4) What is the range of special needs or disabilities these children have (can the information be broken down by category).

(5) (a) What are the details of the application process; and (b) what information is provided to parents and services regarding the new waiting list scheme.

701  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Transport and Regional Services—With reference to the partial answer to question on notice no. 573 (Senate Hansard , 23 September 2002, p. 4529): Why is a $6 charge to remain in the peak season.

702  Senator Lees: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What was the percentage increase in Commonwealth spending on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) for each month from January to July 2002.

(2) What was the total percentage increase for the period January to July 2002.

(3) What new drugs have been listed on the PBS in the 12 months from September 2001.

(4) What is the estimated cost to the PBS of the new drugs listed in the 12 months from September 2001.

(5) What is the estimated cost of each of these newly-listed drugs.

(6) What drugs approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in the past 12 months have not been listed on the PBS.

(7) Given that the diabetes drug Avandia has been approved by the TGA but has not been listed on the PBS, what impediments are preventing the listing of this particular drug.

(8) Why have the rheumatoid arthritis drugs Enbrel and Remicade , which have been approved by the TGA, not been listed.

(9) For each of the past five years (1997 to 2001 inclusive) can the following details be provided: (a) the average number of drugs listed on the PBS each year; and (b) the average number of submissions made to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee.

(10) What is the estimated annual cost to the PBS of the drugs approved by the TGA but still awaiting listing.

703  Senator Greig: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) Have enrolments into the Conservation of Cultural Materials and Cultural Heritage Management programs, offered at the University of Canberra, been cancelled for 2003.

(2) What is the reason for ceasing enrolments into these courses.

(3) Is it true that this program of study is unique in Australia.

(4) What other programs exist in south-east Asia and the Pacific that could train conservators in our cultural heritage.

(5) Is lack of government funding the reason these courses are being threatened.

(6) Does the Government believe that a scientifically-trained profession is important in the preservation of Australia’s cultural heritage; if so, where will such professionals now be trained.

(7) How many countries have had students trained at this University of Canberra course.

(8) (a) Which government initiated the funding for this course; (b) in what year was it initiated; and (c) was it a result of the Pigott Report.

(9) How many students have graduated from these programs since its inception.

(10) If universities are to be encouraged to diversify and not replicate programs (as discussed in the Crossroads issues paper by the Minister for Education, Science and Training), why is the University of Canberra suspending a unique program.