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Notice given 15 March 2002

194  Senator Bolkus: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—Were the issues of Cyprus and the Parthenon Marbles raised by the Prime Minister, or any Australian government minister, at any stage in either bilateral or multilateral discussions at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Queensland; if so: (a) when and by whom; (b) what was the detail of the Australian government’s position and how was it pursued; and (c) what was the response and outcome.

195  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 3780 (Senate Hansard , 27 August 2001, p. 26757):

(1) What was the legal advice the department received that advised it that workers from the Australian Foundation for Disabled (trading as Afford) were exempt from the legal award rates and did not have to have entitlements paid.

(2) On what grounds were some of Afford’s outlets not listed in the award until after October 2000.

(3) Will the Government require Afford to ensure that all ex-employees are located so they can have their entitlements in wages and superannuation paid to them, as they are entitled by law.

(4) Is the Minister aware that workers at Afford’s Ashfield plant have not been paid their entitlements from 1997.

(5) Can the Minister advise if workers at Afford’s Blacktown, Guildford and Canley Vale plants have been paid their full entitlements; if not, can the Minister advise when this will happen.

(6) How does the department propose to ensure these workers receive their entitlements.

(7) Has the department looked at how it can better monitor groups which receive federal government funding to ensure they comply with relevant legislation protecting the entitlements of workers.

(8) Is the Minister aware that workers at Afford are still waiting to have wheel chair access to the head office in Minchinbury.

196  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Did Mr Ron Walker attend the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting; if so, in what capacity.