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Notice given 20 May 2009

1548  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What genetic tests are funded, directly or indirectly, by the Commonwealth for the provision of health care in Australia.

(2) For each test identified in (1) above:

(a) what is the relevant disease, illness, or condition being tested;

(b) what has been the total amount of Commonwealth expenditure to date to fund the test and can that amount be broken down into:

(i) expenditure for 2008, and

(ii) anticipated funding for 2009; and

(c) does a patent application or patent apply to, or is associated with, that test; if so, can details be provided on that patent application or patent.

(3) Can a list be provided identifying any documents which are in the possession of the department referring or relating to the impact that such genetic tests have on:

(a) the provision and cost of health care in Australia;

(b) the provision of training and accreditation for health care professions;

(c) the progress in medical research; and

(d) the health and wellbeing of the Australian people.

(4) For each document identified in (3) above, can an accurate summary of its contents be provided.

1549  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing— 

(1) What diagnostic tests are funded, directly or indirectly, by the Commonwealth for the provision of health care in Australia.

(2) For each test identified in (1) above:

(a) what is the relevant disease, illness, or condition being tested;

(b) what has been the total amount of Commonwealth expenditure to date to fund the test and can that amount be broken down into:

(i) expenditure for 2008, and

(ii) anticipated funding for 2009; and

(c) does a patent application or patent apply to, or is associated with, that test; if so, can details be provided on that patent application or patent.

 

 (3) Can a list be provided identifying any documents which are in the possession of the department referring or relating to the impact that such diagnostic tests have on:

(a) the provision and cost of health care in Australia;

(b) the provision of training and accreditation for health care professions;

(c) the progress in medical research; and

(d) the health and wellbeing of the Australian people.

(4) For each document identified in (3) above, can an accurate summary of its contents be provided.

1550  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) What biopharmaceuticals are funded, directly or indirectly, by the Commonwealth for the provision of health care in Australia.

(2) For each biopharmaceutical identified in (1) above:

(a) what is the relevant disease, illness, or condition being tested;

(b) what has been the total amount of Commonwealth expenditure to date to fund the biopharmaceutical and can that amount be broken down into:

(i) expenditure for 2008, and

(ii) anticipated funding for 2009; and

(c) does a patent application or patent apply to, or is associated with, that biopharmaceutical; if so, can details be provided on that patent application or patent.

(3) Can a list be provided identifying any documents which are in the possession of the department referring or relating to the impact that such biopharmaceuticals have on:

(a) the provision and cost of health care in Australia;

(b) the provision of training and accreditation for health care professions;

(c) the progress in medical research; and

(d) the health and wellbeing of the Australian people.

(4) For each document identified in (3) above, can an accurate summary of its contents be provided.

1551  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—With reference to any genetic test or biopharmaceutical, has the department ever considered invoking Crown use under section 163 of the Patents Act 1990 ; if not, why not; if so: (a) what was the test or biopharmaceutical and the respective patent or patents applying thereto; and (b) what were the terms of the Crown use in each instance.

1552  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Has the department considered opposing the grant of any patent, or applying to revoke any granted patent, concerning or relating to a: (a) biopharmaceutical; (b) genetic test; or (c) diagnostic test.

 

 (2) For each instance where the department considered opposing the grant of any patent, or applying to revoke any granted patent in (1) above, can details be provided of deliberations and reasons why action was/was not taken.

Senator Cormann: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos 1553-1588)—Can details be provided, as at 2 February 2009, of the place of residence, by state or territory, of all appointees to the following appointed groups across the Minister’s portfolio: (a) authorities; (b) committees; (c) boards; (d) working groups; and (e) any similar groups appointed by the Minister or the department.

1553 Minister representing the Prime Minister

1554 Minister representing the Minister for Education ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations on 21 May 2009; further transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1555 Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1556 Minister representing the Minister for Social Inclusion ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1557 Minister representing the Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1558 Minister for Immigration and Citizenship ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1559 Special Minister of State ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1560 Minister representing the Minister for Trade ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1561 Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1562 Minister representing the Minister for Defence ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1563 Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1564 Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1565 Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1566 Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1567 Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1568 Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1569 Minister for Climate Change and Water ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

 

 1570 Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1571 Minister representing the Attorney-General ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1572 Minister for Human Services ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1573 Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1574 Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1575 Minister representing the Minister for Tourism ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1576 Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1577 Minister representing the Assistant Treasurer ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1578 Minister representing the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1579 Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1580 Minister representing the Minister for Housing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1581 Minister representing the Minister for the Status of Women ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1582 Minister representing the Minister for Employment Participation ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1583 Minister representing the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence on 22 May 2009; further transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1584 Minister representing the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1585 Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law ( transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1586 Minister representing the Minister for Ageing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 21 May 2009; further transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1587 Minister representing the Minister for Youth ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations on 21 May 2009; further transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

1588 Minister representing the Minister for Sport ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing on 21 May 2009; further transferred to the Minister representing the Prime Minister on 9 June 2009 )

 

 1589  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs—

(1) How do secondment arrangements to the Australian Federal Police (AFP), including airport uniformed police officers, differ between the various states and territories.

(2) Do different rates of pay apply to seconded officers from different jurisdictions; if so, what are the standard rates of pay for each jurisdiction, that apply to officers seconded to the AFP.

(3) In regard to (1) above, are there any differences, financial or otherwise, in arrangements between the Commonwealth and individual state and territory jurisdictions at government to government level.

(4) Has any consideration been given to standardising secondment pay and other arrangements between the Commonwealth and the states and territories; if not, why not.

(5) How do pay rates vary between seconded and non-seconded sworn officers.

(6) How are the components of the remuneration package of seconded officers divided between the Commonwealth and the states and territories (i.e. including accrued leave, long-service, personal leave, wages, superannuation and any other non-financial benefits) for sworn offices from each state and territory jurisdiction.