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QUESTIONS IN WRITING

 

On the first sitting day of each fortnight, a complete Notice Paper is published containing all unanswered questions. On subsequent days, only new questions for the sitting are included in the Notice Paper. The full text of all unanswered questions is available at:

www.aph.gov.au/qiw

 

Questions unanswered

 

Nos 3-4, 12, 14, 16-537.

 

9 November 2016

  *538    Ms Keay : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, can the Government advise when local government authorities will be able to submit a short pitch for their project ideas in accordance with the program timeline as set out on the Smart Cities website.

  *539    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources—In respect of the Government’s policy on creating centres of excellence in agriculture, (a) have formal consultations commenced with Government agencies to examine relocation options to regional towns and cities, (b) which (i) Government agencies, and (ii) regional towns and cities, have been approached, and on what dates, (c) has the Government approached any regional universities or research organisations; if so, (i) which ones, and (ii) on what dates, (d) has funding been allocated over the forward estimates to the cost of establishing these centres; if not, why not, and (e) how will the Government measure the outcomes of this policy.

  *540    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources—In respect of the media article by Natalie Kotsios ‘Farm aid: Barnaby Joyce to rethink Farm Household Allowance scheme’ ( Weekly Times , 4 November 2016) which reported that he would examine the Farm Household Allowance (FHA) scheme if necessary, (a) when will he examine the FHA scheme, (b) what actions has he undertaken to ensure that he is satisfied that the FHA scheme is working effectively, (c) has he sought information as to why more than half of the FHA applications have been rejected in the past six months, (d) is it a fact that he said ‘Just because we apply for it, doesn’t mean you’re entitled to it’; if so, who is he referring to in ‘we’ and ‘you’re’, (e) will he provide clarification for Victorian irrigators on whether their water entitlements are counted towards the non-farm asset limit of $157,500, and (f) will he provide a breakdown, by state and territory, on the number of farmers receiving the FHA, to date.

  *541    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—Why has the Government so far refused to commit to deliver criminal sanctions and penalties for the non-consensual sharing of intimate images, as recommended by the recent Senate inquiry into ‘revenge porn’ and by other bodies such as the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children, chaired by former police commissioner Mr Ken Lay. 

  *542    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—Of the $15 million for establishing specialised domestic violence units to provide access to coordinated legal, social work and cultural liaison services for women in a single location, and allow legal services to work with local hospitals, including for women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and women living in regional/remote areas, what evaluation has been undertaken to ascertain whether the establishment of those chosen units has improved access to justice, and support, for domestic violence victims.

  *543    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October that it would commit $18.5 million, for the period of the Third Action Plan for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, for integrated duty lawyer and social support services in family law courts, (a) will each registry serving the Family Court and/or Federal Circuit Court be provided with such services, (b) who will (i) employ, and (ii) provide administrative support to, the people providing such services, (c) how will the Government be assured of the quality of such services, and (d) what qualifications and experience will be required of the persons providing social support services.

  *544    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October that it would commit $5 million, for one year, to extend the ‘pilots’ announced under the Women’s Safety Package, why have these pilots not been extended for the full period of the Third Action Plan for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

  *545    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of the Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia’s claim that family violence is a feature in 41 per cent of family law matters, and the situation where people accused of violence can personally cross-examine the (often unrepresented) victim, risking re-traumatisation, will the Government consider providing legislative support and legal aid funding to allow the court to require a litigant to be represented in order to cross examine another party.

  *546    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—In respect of its response (29 April 2016) to the Productivity Commission Report into Access to Justice Arrangements (3 December 2014), where the Government stated that the Attorney-General’s Department had, in March 2016, convened a roundtable discussion with key stakeholders on the topic of the cross-examination of victims of family violence in family law courts by the alleged perpetrator of the violence, and that Government was considering the outcomes of that discussion, (a) which (i) individuals, and (ii) organisations, were invited to the roundtable, (b) what were the outcomes of the discussion; and (c) what progress has the Government made, since March 2016, in considering the outcomes of the discussion.

  *547    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—When will the Annual Progress Report 2015-16 for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 be released.

  *548    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the statement he made on 18 October 2016 about Women’s Safety Package technology trials, when will the nine projects across six jurisdictions, to which he referred, be announced.

  *549    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Of the $5 million for safer technology announced in the Women’s Safety Package in September 2016, what sum has gone towards distributing safe phones to women.

  *550    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the Women’s Safety Package announced in September 2015, of the $17 million to keep women safe in their homes, (a) what sum has been spent, and (b) which organisations have received the funding.

  *551    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         What proportion of the $5 million of funding for 1800RESPECT in the Women’s Safety Package of September 2015 has gone to the private, for-profit firm, Medibank Health Solutions Telehealth Pty Ltd, the principal contractor for 1800RESPECT.

(2)         What proportion of the $15 million for frontline services announced on 21 June 2016 has gone to that same firm.

(3)         Has any of this funding found its way to the counselling provider, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, to engage more counsellors.

  *552    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         Has the new ‘first responder’ model for 1800RESPECT taken effect.

(2)         Of the answered calls, what proportion of callers are being put through to a counsellor engaged by the counselling provider, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.

  *553    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the ‘first responder’ model being based on people with lesser skills than those of the counsellors who are engaged by Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia, including that they are not necessarily skilled in trauma counselling, how is the Government ensuring that notwithstanding these lesser qualifications, women are receiving the counselling they need.

  *554    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         Can he guarantee that all of the contacts made via the telephones and web chat line for the ‘first responder’model being implemented in relation to 1800RESPECT, will be answered by women.

(2)         Can he advise if the Government required Medibank Health Solutions to ensure that all of the ‘first responders’ in relation to contacts coming in via 1800RESPECT, are women.

  *555    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—

(1)         Can he confirm that the private, for-profit firm Medibank Health Solutions will charge in the vicinity of $3.2 million per year for the ‘first responder’ arrangement that has been created for 1800RESPECT.

(2)         Can he explain why the ‘first responder’ model (that diverts women away from counselling) was chosen rather than hiring additional counsellors.

  *556    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Can the Government provide assurances that the privacy of 1800RESPECT callers will be protected when Medibank Health Solutions, which is conducting the recruitment process for the ‘first responder’ service, has had a past privacy breach concerning eye test records and contact details of hundreds of military personnel, and that new staff can work from home.

  *557    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Of the $2 million increased funding for MensLine for tools and resources to support perpetrators not to re-offend, announced in September 2015’s Women’s Safety Package, what sum has been spent.

  *558    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Of the ‘up to’ $15 million to enable police in Queensland to better respond to domestic violence in remote communities and for measures that reduce re-offending by Indigenous perpetrators, announced in the September 2015 Women’s Safety Package, (a) what sum has been spent, and (b) on what measures.

  *559    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Of the $3.6 million for the Cross Border Domestic Violence Intelligence Desk to share information on victims and perpetrators who move around the cross border region of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, announced in the September 2015 Women’s Safety Package, what sum has been spent.

  *560    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Of the $14 million announced in the Women’s Safety Package in September 2015 to expand the DV-alert training program to police, social workers, emergency department staff and community workers to better support women, and work with the College of General Practitioners to develop and deliver specialised training to general practitioners across the country, (a) what sum has been spent, (b) how many police have received the DV-alert training since the announcement, (c) how many (i) social workers, and (ii) emergency department staff, have received DV-alert training in that period, and (d) how many general practitioners have received the specialised training in the intervening period.

  *561    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the $5 million funding commitment for local women’s case workers to coordinate support for women, including housing, safety and budgeting services, announced in the September 2015 Women’s Safety Package, (a) what sum has been spent, and (b) how many case workers have been engaged, and by whom.

  *562    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Has the $1.4 million funding commitment announced in the Women’s Safety Package to extend the Community Engagement Police Officers in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory been spent.

  *563    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Has the ‘up to’ $1.1 million funding commitment announced in the Women’s Safety Package to help remote Indigenous communities prevent and better respond to the incidence of domestic violence through targeted support, been spent.

  *564    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Of the $5 million funding commitment that was announced in the Women’s Safety Package to fund a longer-term measure to change the attitudes of young people towards violence, through expanding the Safe Schools website to include resources for teachers, parents and students on respectful relationships, what sum has been spent, and on what.

  *565    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the announcement in July 2016 that an interim solution to enable police and courts to share information on domestic violence orders nationwide would be operational in late 2016, is it currently in operation; if not, when is it expected to be introduced. 

  *566    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October that it would commit $20 million for the period of the Third Action Plan for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, towards prevention and early intervention programs, how will this funding be allocated.

  *567    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the Government indicating in Senate Estimates earlier this year that funding for 1800RESPECT in 2018-19 will be confirmed under the Third Action Plan, will any of the funding announced under the Third Action Plan go to funding the current provider of telephone counselling, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.

  *568    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October that it would commit $15 million, for the period of the Third Action Plan for the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children, towards improving and expanding national domestic and family violence services, and specifically, that an unidentified proportion of that money would go towards ‘funding the 1800RESPECT helpline to implement the new first responder model, to assist with the increase in demand’, what proportion of the $15 million will go towards this measure.

  *569    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Given the Government’s $15 million funding commitment for the period of the Third Action Plan for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, a proportion of which will go towards a Housing Innovation Fund to identify alternative accommodation options for women and children affected by violence, will the Government now commit to reinstating the capital expenditure component of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness funding.

  *570    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Will the Government commit to funding 1800RESPECT for the remainder of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children; if not, will it at least commit such funding for the entire period of the Third Action Plan under that National Plan.

  *571    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Social Services—Will the Government commit to funding the Australian National Research Organisation on Women’s Safety for the remainder of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children; if not, will it at least commit such funding for the entire period of the Third Action Plan under that National Plan.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   David Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives