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16 June 2011

426  MR FLETCHER: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In respect of the Better Start for Children with a Disability program, why is eligibility restricted to a child having one of only five identified categories of disabilities, and not instead based on an assessment of the needs of an individual child with a disability of any description.

427  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the $65.7 million of funding over the next four years for agencies under the proposed arrangement with Malaysia on irregular maritime arrivals, (a) specifically what is it for, (b) how will it be distributed, (c) what sum is to be allocated for capital, building or refurbishment works for facilities in Malaysia, and (i) at what facilities, (ii) of what nature, and (iii) at what cost, (d) what sum is to be allocated (under this arrangement or any other program) for training the approximate 500 000 RELA members in Malaysia, (e) what sum is to be allocated for health, education, accommodation, meals, transfers (including airfares), immigration processing, refugee status assessments, legal support, (f) will service providers such as those in the areas of education, health, accommodation, meals, be paid a fixed rate or on consumption, and (g) what sum is estimated to be spent on administration by agencies under the agreement.

428  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—Does the proposed arrangement with Malaysia on irregular maritime arrivals include provision for the education of children; if so, will all children transferred be sent to school for the entire duration of their stay.

429  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—What audit process is intended to be implemented to monitor and report on the disbursement of funds in Malaysia provided under the proposed irregular maritime arrangement, including how the Government will report to the Parliament, and whether the disbursement of funds will be subject to scrutiny by the Auditor-General and how often.

430  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the $10 million of funding allocated to departmental expenses under the proposed arrangement with Malaysia on irregular maritime arrivals, what is the breakdown of costs for staffing, including the number of full-time equivalent staff, accommodation, travel, training, contractors, and other.

431  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the additional 4000 refugees to be accepted under the proposed arrangement with Malaysia on irregular maritime arrivals, what is the estimated (a) average resettlement cost to his department for each refugee, and (b) annual additional cost in Centrelink payments, and any further associated additional costs.

432  MR ROBERT: To ask the Minister for Defence—What (a) number, and (b) proportion (as a percentage), of Australian Defence Force Reserve personnel have registered their civilian skills and employment information on PMKeyS as part of the Civil Skills Data Project.