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24 May 2010

1333  MR ANDREWS: To ask the Attorney-General—In respect of a recent media report ‘Cuts to send family battles back to court’ by Patricia Karvelas ( The Australian , 13 May 2010, pages 1, 6): (a) why has the Government reduced funding by $43.9 million to Family Relationship Centres under the Family Relationship Services Program, and (b) has he considered the impact of this decision on (i) separating families, and (ii) the Family Court.

1334  MR ROBERT: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—By type of Service, how many Reservists are currently serving full time, and in what location(s).

1335  MR WINDSOR: To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry—

(1)  Why does the Government continue to allow the practice of ritual slaughter in Australian abattoirs when comprehensive scientific studies have found it to be inhumane and the practice is condemned by all animal welfare groups.

(2) Why, in its Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals (National Consultative Committee on Animal Welfare 36 Report 2005, last reviewed 13 April 2007), does the Government exclude cruelty to animals from consideration when framing legislation.