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Notice given 17 September 2003

2116  Senator Ridgeway: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) Has the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service (ATSIS) notified certain Indigenous organisations that funding will be provided on a cyclical basis or will cease completely; if so, how many organisations have had their funding withdrawn or altered since the changeover from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) to ATSIS.

(2) Which organisations, by name, category and location, have: (a) received ATSIC funding in the 2002-03 financial year; and (b) had their funding altered in the changeover to ATSIS.

(3) (a) How many of these organisations have been notified; and (b) how long will these changes be in place.

(4) What reasons for the changes have been provided to the relevant organisations.

(5) Where funding has or will cease, can organisations appeal to the Minister against the ATSIS decision.

(6) Where funding has or will cease, what Government policy objectives will be achieved.

(7) Has ATSIS made any costs savings as a result of the changeover from ATSIC.

(8) (a) What plans does the Government have for any surplus funds; and (b) what programs will be funded using this surplus.

(9) (a) What ATSIC assets, if any, have been transferred to ATSIS and; (b) what is the legal basis for assets transfers.

2117  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Given the Minister’s response to a question without notice by Senator Allison on 11 September 2003, that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has never found foetal risks from diagnostic ultrasound equipment, can the Minister explain the findings of animal studies carried out at the CSIRO, which clearly show that such risks exist.

(2) Given the Minister’s claims that the CSIRO’s National Measurement Laboratory (NML) will continue to maintain a standard for ultrasound equipment power after it becomes part of the National Measurement Institute in July 2004, can the Minister explain how this is possible when: (a) the work carried out at the NML was on standards for therapeutic ultrasounds, not diagnostic ultrasounds; and (b) the only scientist researching ultrasound standards at the NML, Dr Adrian Richards, has been made redundant.