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Notice given 27 February 2007

3036  Senator Stott Despoja: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) Did the Minister announce that projects to be funded under the first tranche of the Voluntary Student Unionism Transition Fund for Sporting and Recreational Facilities would be known by late 2006; if so, what is the reason for the delay.

(2) Given that the first tranche of funding of $55.6 million is just over a third of the amount that universities collected each year via compulsory university fees, how does the Government anticipate institutions will make up the shortfall.

 

 (3) Given that the first tranche of funding equals $55.6 million, as opposed to the $40 million originally set aside for the first year of funding, what is the revised funding pattern for year 2 and year 3.

3037  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) For each month since inception, how many calls have been received by the Child Care Access Hotline: (a) in total; and (b) by state and territory.

(2) How many full-time equivalent staff are allocated to operate the hotline.

(3) For the 2006-07 financial year and across the forward estimates period, what is the total budget allocation for the hotline.

(4) To date, how much has been spent on the hotline.

3038  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) For each of the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 to date, how many instances has the department uncovered, of services submitting fraudulent claims for the Child Care Benefit or Special Child Care Benefit.

(2) How much money has been recovered as a result of these investigations.