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Notice given 20 March 2007

*3  Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2008:

Ongoing efforts towards improving mental health services in Australia, with reference to the National Action Plan on Mental Health agreed upon at the July 2006 meeting of the Council of Australian Governments, particularly examining the commitments and contributions of the different levels of government with regard to their respective roles and responsibilities.

(2) That the committee, in considering this matter, give consideration to:

(a) the extent to which the action plan assists in achieving the aims and objectives of the National Mental Health Strategy;

(b) the overall contribution of the action plan to the development of a coordinated infrastructure to support community-based care;

(c) progress towards implementing the recommendations of the Select Committee on Mental Health, as outlined in its report A national approach to mental health - from crisis to community ; and

(d) identifying any possible remaining gaps or shortfalls in funding and in the range of services available for people with a mental illness.

Order of the Day

Standing Committees

Reports to be presented on the 2006-07 additional estimates.