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Notice given 14 August 2006

2374  Senator Siewert: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the former Minister for Family and Community Services Senator Kay Patterson’s media release of 27 May 2005 and her commitment to resolve the issue of United Kingdom (UK) pensioners living in Australia being denied indexed pensions by the UK Government:

(1) Since the date of this media release what action has the Minister taken on this issue.

(2) How long does the Minister think it will take for this situation to be resolved.

2375  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to funding for the Job Placement, Employment and Training (JPET) program in Central Australia:

(1) Can a list be provided of the organisations that have received JPET funding in Central Australia for the period 2006 to 2009.

 

 (2) Can the Minister confirm that the Alice Springs Youth Accommodation and Support Service (ASYASS) contract for JPET funding will not be renewed in the period 2006 to 2009; if so, what is the reason for this decision.

(3) Can the Minister confirm that the department initially informed ASYASS that its tender had been successful and subsequently withdrew its offer for JPET funding; if so, on what dates did this happen.

(4) Has the department received a complaint from ASYASS in relation to the withdrawal of the JPET contract; if so: (a) on what date did the department first become aware of this complaint; (b) what has the department done in response to this complaint; and (c) has the department initiated any review of the process in response to the complaint by ASYASS.

(5) Which organisation has been awarded the contract for JPET funding in lieu of ASYASS.

(6) On what basis was this organisation given preference to ASYASS.

(7) Under the new JPET funding arrangements beginning in the 2006-07 financial year, what service will be providing outreach or evening support services to young people from Alice Springs town camps.