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Notice given 10 September 2001

3875  Senator Bourne: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—With reference to the funding of women-specific services, including those funded under the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP):

(1) What criteria does the department use to determine funding for non-crisis services, including those services that are designed to provide long-term and preventative programs.

(2) Is the Minister concerned that there may be women-specific services, offered on a non-crisis basis, and which aid the development of self employment opportunities for women in regional centres, but which, due to funding shortages, might not be able to sustain their important preventative programs.

(3) Will the Minister undertake to review the guidelines for programs or services funded under SAAP to include more programs and services which are prevention focussed, as well as those which are crisis focussed.

3876  Senator Bourne: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—With reference to funding provided by the department for disability support services:

(1) Is it the case that there is no resident speech therapist in the New England district for people with a disability.

(2) What is the Government doing in order to fund learning disabilities which acknowledge the difference between people with physical, intellectual, emotional or any combination of these disabilities.

(3) (a) What are the current set of disabilities which are funded through the Commonwealth-States Disability Agreement; (b) are there any proposals to change these, to include particularly, services with a specialist clinical focus; and (c) are there any proposals to include coverage for siblings or other family members of people with disabilities, in particular, respite services.

(4) (a) Will the Government remove the work requirement for sole parents of children with a disability, to reflect the long-term care requirements of children with a disability and the fact that their care requirements do not end just because they reach a certain age; and (b) will the Government further provide additional reserved childcare places for children with a disability to allow their sole parent primary care providers to return to the paid workforce.

3877  Senator Ray: To ask the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—

(1) Was Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu awarded a contract under the Trials of Innovative Government Electronic Regional Services (TIGERS) Program to develop specifications for the creation of a web site to deliver integrated on-line government services for all tiers of government in Tasmania.

(2) What was the selection process used to select Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to develop the specifications document.

(3) What was the total cost of the contract.

(4) Subsequent to the development of the specifications by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, were consultants contracted to provide a quality assessment of the specifications.

(5) What was the selection process used to select the consultants to provide the quality assessment of the specifications document created by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

(6) What was the total cost of the contract.

(7) Did the quality assessment by the consultants raise any concerns about the specifications as they related to assessments of the cost, duration and technology to be used in the project.

(8) If these concerns were raised, what were their specific details.

(9) Why were the specifications not developed by staff working for the TIGERS program or the National Office for the Information Economy or the Office for Government Online.

(10) Why were the specifications developed by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu not quality assessed by staff working for the TIGERS program or the National Office for the Information Economy or the Office for Government Online.