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Indigenous Suicide

25 Oct 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.32 pm)—My question today is to the Minister representing the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister Ludwig. Bearing in mind the increasing rate of suicide amongst Aboriginal Australians in Northern Australia, I ask a question on that issue.

Senator SIEWERT (2.32 pm)—My question today is to the Minister representing the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Minister Ludwig. Bearing in mind the increasing rate of suicide amongst Aboriginal Australians in Northern Australia, I ask a question on that issue.

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Aged Care

23 Jun 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.21 pm)—My question is to Senator Ludwig, the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing. My question relates to the open letter to the PM today around aged care, one which concerns the widening gap between the cost of delivering aged-care services and the funding

Senator SIEWERT (2.21 pm)—My question is to Senator Ludwig, the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing. My question relates to the open letter to the PM today around aged care, one which concerns the widening gap between the cost of delivering aged-care services and the funding

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ADDITIONAL ANSWERS - Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Senator

22 Jun 2010

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: ADDITIONAL ANSWERS Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Senator CARR (Victoria—Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (3.03 pm)—I wish to incorporate further information in answer to a question asked by Senator Siewert to Senator Wong. Leave granted.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: ADDITIONAL ANSWERS Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Senator CARR (Victoria—Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (3.03 pm)—I wish to incorporate further information in answer to a question asked by Senator Siewert to Senator Wong. Leave granted.

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

18 Jun 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.52 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Wong. Given the similarity in possible causes of the current disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea

Senator SIEWERT (2.52 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Wong. Given the similarity in possible causes of the current disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea

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Jandakot Airport (Question No. 2782)

15 Jun 2010

Jandakot Airport (Question No. 2782)Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 13 April 2010: With reference to Jandakot Airport, Western Australia:(1)    How will building the fourth runway impact on the residents of Cockburn, Melville and Canning.

Jandakot Airport (Question No. 2782)

Senator Siewert
asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 13 April 2010: With reference to Jandakot Airport, Western Australia:

(1)    How will building the fourth runway impact on the residents of Cockburn, Melville and Canning.

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Jandakot Airport

11 May 2010

Aviation: Jandakot Airport (Question No. 2753)
Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 12 March 2010: Given that the lessee of Jandakot Airport, Ascot Capital Limited, recently released for public comment its revised master plan for the development of Jandakot Airport which includes a proposal to extend two existing runways and construct a new fourth runway, as well as a significant non-aviation mixed busi ness commercial precinct:

Aviation: Jandakot Airport (Question No. 2753)


Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 12 March 2010: Given that the lessee of Jandakot Airport, Ascot Capital Limited, recently released for public comment its revised master plan for the development of Jandakot Airport which includes a proposal to extend two existing runways and construct a new fourth runway, as well as a significant non-aviation mixed busi ness commercial precinct:

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Organ Donation

11 May 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.37 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Ludwig. Bearing in mind that Australia has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the developed world and that the figure has not improved for some time, and the fact that the government has now established the Organ and Tissue Authority with a budget of $150 million over four years, the purpose of which is to seek to improve this donation rate, can the minister please comment on the report that in fact the donation rate in Australia has not significantly improved?

Senator SIEWERT (2.37 pm)—My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, Senator Ludwig. Bearing in mind that Australia has one of the lowest organ donation rates in the developed world and that the figure has not improved for some time, and the fact that the government has now established the Organ and Tissue Authority with a budget of $150 million over four years, the purpose of which is to seek to improve this donation rate, can the minister please comment on the report that in fact the donation rate in Australia has not significantly improved?

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Oil and Gas Exploration

09 Mar 2010

Oil and Gas Exploration (Question No. 2591)
Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 2 February 2010: Given that the company responsible for the Montara oil leak disaster, PTTEP Australasia Limited (PTTEP AA), has bought a participation interest in the Woodside Browse Basin oil and gas exploration program:

Oil and Gas Exploration (Question No. 2591)


Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, upon notice, on 2 February 2010: Given that the company responsible for the Montara oil leak disaster, PTTEP Australasia Limited (PTTEP AA), has bought a participation interest in the Woodside Browse Basin oil and gas exploration program:

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Timor Sea Oil Spill

09 Mar 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.32 pm)—My question is to the Minister for Defence, Senator Faulkner, representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and it relates to the Montara oil spill. Is the government aware that an oil sample taken in Indonesian fishing grounds has been identified as Montara oil and can therefore be assumed to have come from the Montara oil spill?

Senator SIEWERT (2.32 pm)—My question is to the Minister for Defence, Senator Faulkner, representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and it relates to the Montara oil spill. Is the government aware that an oil sample taken in Indonesian fishing grounds has been identified as Montara oil and can therefore be assumed to have come from the Montara oil spill?

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Montara oil spill - Dispersant chamicals

04 Feb 2010

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Question No. 2426) Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 20 November 2009:

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Question No. 2426) Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 20 November 2009:

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Indigenous Communities

04 Feb 2010

Senator SIEWERT (2.22 pm)—My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous
Affairs, Ms Jenny Macklin. I refer to the minister’s comments today on income quarantining. Does the minister consider that all welfare recipients squander their payments on alcohol, drugs and gambling? On what evidence does the minister make the claim that income support recipients are wasting their money on alcohol, gambling and drugs?

Senator SIEWERT (2.22 pm)—My question is to Senator Evans, the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous


Affairs, Ms Jenny Macklin. I refer to the minister’s comments today on income quarantining. Does the minister consider that all welfare recipients squander their payments on alcohol, drugs and gambling? On what evidence does the minister make the claim that income support recipients are wasting their money on alcohol, gambling and drugs?

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Renal services in Central Australia

23 Nov 2009

Senator SIEWERT (2.31 pm)-My question is to Senator Ludwig, the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Service Delivery. My question concerns the recent announcement that the Commonwealth will make a transportable dialysis facility available in Alice Springs to address the current crisis in renal services. Will new interstate patients such as Patrick Tjungurrayi be able to access this Commonwealth dialysis facility or will they be prevented from doing so? Was the provision of this facility by the Commonwealth made contingent on the Northern Territory agreeing to lift the ban on new interstate renal patients? If not, why not?

Senator SIEWERT (2.31 pm)-My question is to Senator Ludwig, the Minister representing the Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Service Delivery. My question concerns the recent announcement that the Commonwealth will make a transportable dialysis facility available in Alice Springs to address the current crisis in renal services. Will new interstate patients such as Patrick Tjungurrayi be able to access this Commonwealth dialysis facility or will they be prevented from doing so? Was the provision of this facility by the Commonwealth made contingent on the Northern Territory agreeing to lift the ban on new interstate renal patients? If not, why not?

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WA oil spill impact on indonesian fishing

27 Oct 2009

Senator SIEWERT-My question is to Senator Faulkner, the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Could the minister tell us: when was the Commonwealth first aware that oil from the Montara oil spill had crossed into Indonesian waters? Which minister or department contacted which authorities, and when? What arrangements, if any, have been made to monitor and assess the impacts of the oil on Indonesian waters? Are there any clean-up or compensation arrangements?

Senator SIEWERT-My question is to Senator Faulkner, the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Could the minister tell us: when was the Commonwealth first aware that oil from the Montara oil spill had crossed into Indonesian waters? Which minister or department contacted which authorities, and when? What arrangements, if any, have been made to monitor and assess the impacts of the oil on Indonesian waters? Are there any clean-up or compensation arrangements?

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Montara oil spill

07 Sep 2009

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Senator Wong, and concerns the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea. Could the minister inform the chamber as to the current size of the oil slick? On 29 August it was around 3,000 square kilometres.

According to the official Australian Maritime Safety Authority figures, on 30 August the size of the slick was 6,000 square kilometres.

Could the minister please inform us as to the current size of the slick?

Also, could the minister inform us as to where the minister for the environment got his figure for the amount of oil spilling into the environment of 300 to 400 barrels per day?

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Senator Wong, and concerns the Montara oil spill in the Timor Sea. Could the minister inform the chamber as to the current size of the oil slick? On 29 August it was around 3,000 square kilometres.

According to the official Australian Maritime Safety Authority figures, on 30 August the size of the slick was 6,000 square kilometres.

Could the minister please inform us as to the current size of the slick?

Also, could the minister inform us as to where the minister for the environment got his figure for the amount of oil spilling into the environment of 300 to 400 barrels per day?

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Bottom trawling fisheries in WA

19 Aug 2009

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Sherry. Is the government proposing to proceed with opening an additional 10,000 square kilometres of the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery and the North West Slope Trawl Fishery, off the Western Australian coast, to bottom trawling? If so, why is this being opened?

My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Sherry. Is the government proposing to proceed with opening an additional 10,000 square kilometres of the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery and the North West Slope Trawl Fishery, off the Western Australian coast, to bottom trawling? If so, why is this being opened?

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