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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, 16-36, 38-571.

 

10 November 2016

  *572    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October 2016 that it would commit $25 million of funding, for the period of the Third Action Plan for the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children, towards services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians experiencing family violence, how will this funding be distributed between the three measures identified in the announcement.

  *573    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—

(1)         Why is the Government only providing funding certainty for Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) until June 2018.

(2)         Will the Government commit to maintaining funding for FVPLS at current levels until at least the end of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children; if not, will the Government commit to maintaining such funding at current levels until at least the end of the Third Action Plan.

  *574    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—When will the Central Australian Women’s Legal Service receive a response to its proposal, submitted 11 August 2016, for funding to extend remote outreach across the Central Australia and Barkly regions.

  *575    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *576    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October 2016 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.

  *577    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *578    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October 2016 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.

  *579    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October 2016 that it would commit $5 million of funding 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.

  *580    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October 2016 that it would commit $10 million of funding for one year to respond to ‘revenge porn’ and online abuse, (a) why is the first measure focused on developing educational resources to shift attitudes and behaviours about pornography, and (b) what measures will be taken to educate offenders on the seriousness of their conduct, rather than focusing unduly on the actions of the victim (ie, categorising their conduct as pornography and encouraging victim blaming).

  *581    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—

(1)         Is the Office for Women participating in the Government’s response on the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

(2)         What steps has the Office for Women taken to respond to the recommendations of the recent Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s report on the inquiry into the phenomenon colloquially referred to as ‘revenge porn’.

  *582    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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 Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s report on the 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.

  *583    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

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

  *585    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

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

  *587    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *588    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *589    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—

(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 counsellor

  *590    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—Has the new ‘first responder’ model for 1800RESPECT taken effect; if so, 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.

  *591    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *592    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—

(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.

  *593    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—

(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.

  *594    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *595    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *596    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *597    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *598    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *599    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *600    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *601    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *602    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *603    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—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.

  *604    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the Government’s announcement on 28 October 2016 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.

  *605    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—What are the expected consequences of the budgeted $152 million cut from the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, and specifically, how is this cut expected to affect participation and enrolment in higher education by (a) people from low socioeconomic backgrounds, (b) Indigenous people, (c) people from regional areas, and (d) people from remote areas.

  *606    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—Will the submissions that the Government has received for the Government’s higher education discussion paper ‘Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education’ be made public; if so, when.

  *607    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—What, if any, are the terms of reference, parameters, criteria, or other guiding principles for the expert panel, in considering the submissions that he has received in respect of the Government’s higher education discussion paper ‘Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education’.

  *608    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—In addition to the Government’s discussion paper ‘Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education’ and the submissions received in response to it, what, if any, information is being provided to and/or obtained by, the expert panel to assist it with its consideration.

  *609    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science—Will the Government consider committing to introducing, by the 2017 Autumn sittings, legislation to give effect to any changes to higher education, commencing from the beginning of the 2018 calendar year.

  *610    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment—With the Government claiming that it will not proceed with full fee deregulation for universities, has it considered how its anticipated 20 per cent cut to the Commonwealth Grants Scheme (as contained in the budget papers) will affect the ability of universities to compete in the global market.

  *611    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment—With the Government claiming that it will not proceed with full fee deregulation for universities, has it considered how its anticipated 20 per cent cut to the Commonwealth Grants Scheme (as contained in the budget papers) will affect international tourism given the likely reduction in international student numbers; if so, what is the expected impact.

  *612    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Treasurer—In respect of the 2016-17 budget papers estimate that the Government’s stated position of not proceeding with full fee deregulation will give rise to savings of $2 billion, given there are no specific expenses associated with fee deregulation in the 2014-15 budget, on what basis has the $2 billion in savings been calculated.

  *613    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Health and Aged Care—To date, how many submissions have been received on the Aged Care Legislated Review, and of those, how many deal with the effectiveness of the arrangements for protecting equity of access to aged care services for LGBTI people.

  *614    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Health and Aged Care—In respect of the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy stating that ‘A formal review of the Strategy will feed into the broader review in 2017 of the implementation of Living Longer Living Better aged care reforms.’, has this formal review begun; if so, who is conducting it.

  *615    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Health and Aged Care—The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Ageing and Aged Care Strategy states that (a) her department will report progress against this strategy annually, ensuring that there are adequate mechanisms to publicise this strategy and the release of annual reports, and (b) the annual reports will be reviewed by key stakeholders as part of a consultation process to set priorities for the following years, has her department reported progress against the strategy annually; if so, (i) in which annual report(s), and (ii) which key stakeholders have reviewed them.

  *616    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Health and Aged Care—Can she advise on the extent to which Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is in use in Australia.

  *617    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—Will the Government consider ensuring that transgender teenagers are not obliged to obtain an order from the Family Court before they can gain access to puberty blockers.

  *618    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Minister for Justice—Is the Government aware of any reviews underway to consider the human rights implications of surgical interventions for intersex children.

  *619    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—In respect of the (a) G20’s acknowledgement that one of the world’s most significant barriers to global economic growth is the persistently low level of women’s participation in the workforce compared with men, and (b) Government’s commitment (made while hosting the G20 summit in Brisbane in 2014) to the G20 target to reduce the gap between women and men’s workforce participation rates by 25 per cent by 2025, (i) is the Government on track to reach this target, (ii) which agencies are tracking progress towards this target, (iii) what arrangements have been implemented to report progress towards this target to the Government and the wider community;  and (iv) what specific steps has the Government taken to advance this goal.

  *620    Ms T. M. Butler : To ask the Prime Minister—Is it a fact that an Executive Level 1 staff member within the Office for Women is eligible for a salary that is $10,000 lower than an equivalent staff member within the general Social Policy Division of his department; if so, what steps has the Prime Minister or anyone within his department taken to address this pay disparity.

  *621    Mr Fitzgibbon : To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources—

(1)         How many Australian greyhounds have been exported in the last 12 months.

(2)         What countries are Australian greyhounds being exported to, and how many Australian greyhounds have been sent to each of these countries in the last 12 months.

(3)         Is he aware that Greyhounds Australasia has introduced a mandatory Greyhound Passport scheme to prevent Australian greyhounds from being exported to countries that do not meet with Australian animal welfare standards.

(4)         Does the Government have any knowledge of Australian greyhounds being exported across Asia that are facing cruel treatment and being raced to injury or death.

(5)         What is the Government doing to ensure the welfare of greyhounds from Australia in importing countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                   David Elder

                                                                                            Clerk of the House of Representatives