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Notice given 30 March 2006

1676  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) What projects are currently receiving federal funding for learning disability.

(2) What initiatives have been taken by the Government since 1996 to assist children with learning disabilities in schools.

(3) Does the Government consider that the needs of an estimated 2 in 10 children with an identified learning disability or problem are currently being met.

(4) Why did the former Minister, Dr Nelson, indicate to ACLB Ltd (Australian Children’s Literary Board), the not-for-profit organisation that runs educational and artistic programs for children with learning disabilities, that he supported its work but that the Government educational policy does not allow for it to be federally-funded.