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Notice given 20 August 2003

1806  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs—In regard to the Port Hedland Detention Centre:

(1) Given that a large proportion of inmates has attempted suicide at least once, do guards carry knives at all times to cut down detainees who attempt to hang themselves.

(2) How many attempted suicides have there been in Refugee/Asylum seeker detention centres in the past 2 years.

(3) How does this figure compare to the Australian average per head of population.  

1808  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—

(1) Are there any plans to shift the Commonwealth’s current funding and administrative responsibility for Aged Care Assessment Teams; if so: (a) what are these plans; and (b) what is the timeframe for any proposed changes.

(2) Can the Minister confirm whether there are any plans to outsource or contract out the function of Aged Care Assessment Teams on a national or regional basis.

(3) Can the Minister confirm whether there are any plans for the Commonwealth to take full responsibility for funding and administering Aged Care Assessment Teams.