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Notice given 12 January 2011

*368  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services—

(1) Why do Medicare cheques have the Medicare card holder’s personal details printed on them, when the attached letter already contains all the required details.

(2) Have concerns about personal privacy been raised with Medicare as a result of such information being available on Medicare cheques.

*369  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) How much Australian aid funding has gone to Toll Holdings Limited, Toll Royal Railway and/or the Royal Group since the selection of Toll Royal Railway as the concessionaire of the Cambodian railways in November 2007.

(2) Can a list be provided documenting correspondence between AusAID and Toll Holdings Limited and/or the Royal Group and/or Toll Royal Railway relating to the funding of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Project 37269 ‘Supplementary Loan and Administration of Grant and Technical Assistance Grant Kingdom of Cambodia: Greater Mekong Subregion: Rehabilitation of the Railway in Cambodia Project’ (the project).

(3) Can a list be provided outlining the items classified as ‘institutional support and capacity building’ and ‘civil works’ budget lines for AusAID’s funding of the project.

(4) What assistance did the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh and/or the department provide to Toll Holdings Limited relating to the selection of Toll Royal Railway as the concessionaire of the Cambodian railways by the Cambodian Government in November 2007.

(5) Did AusAID receive any advice raising concerns about the resettlement program managed by ADB and the Government of Cambodia before committing funding to the project; if so, how were such concerns addressed.

(6) Has AusAID received advice regarding breaches of ADB resettlement guidelines in the project, specifically, involuntary relocations in Sihanoukville and Battambang; if so, what action did AusAID take.

 

 *370  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing ( transferred to the Minister representing the Minister for Human Services on 17 January 2011 )—

(1) Which government agency investigates instances of pharmaceutical stockpiling by Safety Net card holders.

(2) How many instances has the agency uncovered of such stockpiling.

(3) What is the Government’s response to cases of stockpiling.

(4) How many hospital re-admissions occur as a result of patients using out-of-date medicine.

*371  Senator Boswell: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—Why is further reform of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme necessary when the 2007 reforms introduced an ongoing market mechanism that ensures that discounts given to pharmacists are ‘clawed back’ by the Government, ensuring the Government only pays the true market price for medicine.