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Notice given 22 March 2007

3065  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region:

(1) What are the current figures for the number of people affected with HIV/AIDS in: (a) Papua New Guinea; (b) West Papua; (c) Indonesia as a whole; (d) East Timor; and (e) the South Pacific Islands, excluding Papua New Guinea.

(2) For each the above nations, or group of nations what is: (a) the total number of deaths from HIV/AIDS related causes; and (b) Australia’s contribution towards fighting HIV/AIDS: (i) for the 2006-07 financial year, and (ii) as a projection, for the 2007-08 financial year.

(3) What new strategies does the Minister have to combat HIV/AIDS in the region.

3066  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—

(1) Does the Wet Tropics World Heritage Management Plan provide for a transport corridor such as that required for the proposed highway.

(2) Will the Kuranda Range Highway, if approved, result in more physical damage to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area than existed at the time that it was listed.

(3) (a) Does the proposed highway compromise the values for which the area was listed; and (b) does it undermine the physical integrity of the site.

(4) Does this proposal contravene any of the provisions of the World Heritage Convention, in particular Article 6.3.

3067  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the Voluntary Replenishment Mechanism established by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) and, specifically, to the recent meeting of the Global Fund in Oslo:

(1) Has the Government made any plans for greater resource allocation to the Global Fund in response to the estimated growth in its expenditure; if not, why not.

(2) Has the Government considered the proposal by the Global Fund and Jubilee Australia to exchange part of Indonesia’s debt to Australia for additional funding for tuberculosis programs in Indonesia.

3068  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Can an update be provided on the progress of discussions on a reciprocal health care agreement between Croatia and Australia that commenced in May 2006.


 (2) Did the department provide the Croatian Ministry of Health with a questionnaire in order to ascertain the extent of similarities between the Australian and Croatian health care systems; if so, has this exchange occurred; if not, can advice be provided on the reasons for the delay in this process.