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Notice given 3 October 2003

2183  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Defence—With reference to the Director-General Defence Health Service Health Bulletin No 7/2003, 6 August 2003, which states ‘Screening for exposure to DU [depleted uranium] will be offered to those [personnel deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations] considered at increased risk and those who request it’:

(1) How many personnel, from what operations, and within which classification of exposure risk categories 1, 2 and 3, have been tested to date.

(2) Have any personnel been denied testing.

(3) How has the availability of testing been advertised to personnel, including those who have left the services.

(4) Is testing available to personnel who participated in the 1991 Gulf War; if so, how are they being informed of the availability of testing.

(5) Can a report of the results of testing for depleted uranium be provided.