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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 17615


Mr Gibbons asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, upon notice, on 26 May 2003:

(1) Since the implementation of the Child Support (Registration and Collection) Act 1988 and the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 how many adult male suicides have there been.

(2) How many of those adult male suicides have been related to family law issues.

(3) Could he provide a yearly breakdown of figures from 1988 to 2002.


Mr Anthony (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Child Support Agency does not collect statistics about the numbers of client related suicides. When the CSA is notified to end a case, the reason is not recorded.

(2) As the CSA does not collect this data this question cannot be answered.

(3) As the CSA does not collect this data this question cannot be answered.