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Notice given 11 September 2003

2007  Senator Cook: To ask the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer—In relation to payments made to individual mining companies under the Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme for the financial years 2000-01 to 2002-03:

(1) What was (a) the name of each company; (b) the type of mineral mined; and (c) the amount of rebate received.

(2) What proportion of rebate was paid primarily for exploration purposes as opposed to actual mining operations.

2010  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Treasurer—

(1) How much money has been collected since 18 September 2002 in excise or customs tariffs on ethanol.

(2) (a) How much money has been paid, or is owed, to domestic producers of ethanol in subsidies since 18 September 2002; and (b) how much will be paid if current arrangements remain. 

2013  Senator Ludwig: To ask the Minister representing the Attorney-General—

(1) Has the Attorney-General directed the department to investigate or report on the increasing number of self represented litigants; if so, what were the findings; if not, why not, and will the department consider such an investigation.

(2) Can statistics concerning the number of legal aid lawyers who have withdrawn from and/or been added to the preferred supplier scheme since 1995 be provided.

(3) Does the department monitor the number of applications rejected by State Legal Aid offices; if so, can these figures be provided; if not, why not.

(4) (a) Are any unspent monies returned to the Commonwealth by the states; if so, can details be provided for following financial years: (i) 1995-96, (ii) 1996-97, (iii) 1997-98, (iv) 1998-99, (v) 1999-2000, (vi) 2000-01, (vii) 2001-02, and (viii) 2002-03; and (b) how often does this occur.

(5) Are these monies redistributed to other states to assist with funding shortfalls.

(6) Are statistics recorded on the number of requests for legal aid assistance on a state-by-state basis; if so, can figures be provided for the following financial years: (a) 1995-96; (b) 1996-97; (c) 1997-98; (d) 1998-99; (e) 1999-2000; (f) 2000-01; (g) 2001-02; and (h) 2002-03; if not, why not.

(7) Has the department investigated the impact of changes to legal aid funding arrangements on clients of legal aid; if not, why not; if so, can details be provided.

(8) Can information be provided on the number of Legal Aid cases in which practitioners have been unable to represent a client to the conclusion of their case because of caps and staged funding.

(9) What studies is the Attorney-General or the department aware of regarding the time required to prepare for different types of matters within the court system.

(10) How does the department monitor the success of self represented litigants in the court system, e.g. ability to present evidence at trial.

(11) What instances is the Attorney-General or the department aware of in which court appeals by self-represented litigants have been allowed.  

2015  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1227 (Senate Hansard , 10 September 2003, p. 14263): (a) What representation has the Government made to the Indonesian Government about the shooting of Elyse Rumbiak Bonai, her daughters and others; and (b) what information has Indonesia supplied.

2017  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Was the Minister informed that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) National Measurement Laboratory has ceased work on international standards for ultrasound measurement and safety.

(2) Will this work be completed; if so, how.

(3) Was the Minister informed that the CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory has ceased work on the important area of medical metrology; if so, is the Minister concerned about this move given the development of new devices and apparent lack of standards for such devices.

(4) Was the Minister informed that the CSIRO has ceased its work on foetal risks from diagnostic ultrasound when the CSIRO studies suggest there are risks associated with new technology being developed with higher acoustic output; and (b) is the Minister concerned that, despite the fact every pregnant woman who presents to a doctor will have an ultrasound, very little work is now being done on the safety standards of this technology; if so, what action is proposed to address this issue.

2018  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Science—

(1) Why has the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) National Measurement Laboratory ceased work on international standards for ultrasound measurement and safety.

(2) Why has the CSIRO National Measurement Laboratory ceased work on the important area of medical metrology, given the development of new devices and apparent lack of standards for these devices.

(3) Why has the CSIRO ceased its work on foetal risks from diagnostic ultrasound when new techniques are being developed with higher acoustic output.

(4) Who will provide rationale scientific expert witness if and when the legal claims reach the level of class actions by entrepreneur lawyers.

(5) Who will conduct research into bacterial drug resistance, previously carried out by microbiologist, Dr Ruth Hall.

(6) Can details be provided on other programs in public health that will be affected by staff redundancies at the CSIRO.

2019  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) What specific abilities are there for members of Parliament to sponsor temporary entrants or visitors to Australia.

(2) Under what circumstances may a visitor visa be refused when a member of Parliament has sponsored the applicant.

(3) (a) How many members of Parliament (state and federal) have sponsored visitor or temporary visa applicants; (b) how many applicants have been (i) approved, and (ii) rejected.

2021  Senator Faulkner: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—With reference to the answer to question no. 131 taken on notice by the department during the May 2003 Budget estimates hearings of the Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee:

(1) Who briefed the Minister on 19 August 2002 and 26 September 2002 about Marian Wilkinson’s questions.

(2) Who initiated the briefing.

(3) Was the briefing oral or in writing.

(4) If it was an oral briefing: (a) who briefed the Minister; (b) who else was present; (c) were minutes and/or notes taken; if so, can a copy of minutes and/or notes be provided; and (d) what action, if any, did the Minister take after he was provided with the two briefings in August and September 2002.

(5) If it was a written briefing: (a) who prepared the brief; (b) who cleared the brief; (c) apart from the Minister, who else saw the brief; and (d) what action, if any, did the Minister take after he was provided with the two briefings in August and September 2002.