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15 June 2010

* 1395  MR ROBERT: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—How many free internet kiosks have been established, and are operational, under the Broadband for Seniors program launched in 2008, and what are their locations.

* 1396  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—Will the Indigenous Community Volunteers program receive a reduction in funding from $1.7 million to $300,000 on 1 July 2010; if so, why, and can she guarantee that this will not have a negative impact on the Government’s Closing the Gap policy.

* 1397  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1)  Has any Government funding been appropriated for the establishment of a national database for all types of muscular dystrophy; if so, when will the database be established, and what dystrophies will it include; if not, why not.

(2) Has any Government funding been provided to the National Health and Medical Research Council for research into Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD) in Australia.

(3)  Has any funding been appropriated for the establishment of a diagnostic clinic for FSHD within Australia; if so, what sum; if not, why not.

* 1398  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship—In respect of the Government’s announcement that the disused mining camp site at Leonora, Western Australia, will be used for the temporary accommodation of asylum seekers:

(1) What will be the overall cost to the Government for the use of this facility.

(2)  What are the extent and costs of refurbishment works associated with the use of this facility.

(3) What is the duration of any lease negotiated with the owner of this facility, including renewal options.

(4) From where will the operator of this facility be sourcing goods, including but not limited to food and toiletries, for the consumption of asylum seekers.

(5) What security measures will need to be implemented at this facility, and at what cost.

* 1399  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs—In respect of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman charging a fee to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for each client complaint it receives against them: (a) what is this fee policy designed to achieve, particularly given that these fees often outweigh any profit a small business ISP makes from a client; (b) what protection from frivolous and unreasonable complaints is available to ISPs in the issuing of the fee; and (c) would he consider abolishing the fee, or at least introducing some criteria for establishing what type of complaints are fee-worthy.

* 1400  MR WINDSOR: To ask the Minister for Ageing—

(1)  Can she confirm that people with mental illnesses exhibiting violent and aggressive behaviour are being placed in aged care facilities; if so, what action is she taking to address the associated risks faced by the staff and elderly residents.

(2) Why are Aged Care Assessment Teams placing people with mental illnesses in aged care facilities and not in mental health facilities where appropriate treatment and care can be provided.




Clerk of the House of Representatives