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Notice given 19 April 2007

3136  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—Can a copy be provided of any reports, surveys or findings supplied to the department by Campbell Research and Consulting Pty Ltd relating to the evaluation of the impact of accreditation on the delivery of quality care to residents of aged care homes.

3137  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—With reference to the Prime Minister’s announcement on 11 February 2007 of the ‘Securing the Future of Aged Care for Australians’ funding package:

(1) In the current forward estimates periods, for each of the financial years up to and including 2010-11, what savings will accrue from abolishing: (a) the pensioner supplement; and (b) the adjusted basic daily care fee.

(2) For the financial years 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11, what is the projected budget for the Conditional Adjustment Payment.

(3) With the implementation of the Aged Care Funding Instrument, what savings will accrue by reducing low-care subsidies in order to fund higher subsidies for the new mid/high-care categories.

(4) Has the Government conducted any research on the potential financial effect of rebadging the pensioner supplement as capital funding; if so, can a copy of this research be provided.

(5) In regard to the department’s modelling for the funding: (a) what was the assumption behind the building costs per bed; and (b) can copies of the department’s modelling be provided.

(6) Excluding the one-off $96 million, $3.50 per high-care resident to be paid from 1 July 2007 to 19 March 2008, the $82 million over 4 years to go to the new supplements in the Aged Care Funding Instrument commencing from 20 March 2008 and the $411 million over 5 years for community care places, can the Minister detail where the balance of the $1.51 billion announced will be allocated, by year and program.

3138  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the statement of the Prime Minister on Radio 3AW on 23 March 2007 that the Minister had contacted Mrs Georgette Fishlock and that she was given an ex-gratia payment of $10 000 for the support of her son:

(1) From which Budget measure was this payment made.

(2) Since 1 January 2004: (a) how many other carers have received an ex-gratia payment; and (b) what amounts of ex-gratia payments have been made.

(3) What are the eligibility criteria for ex-gratia payments.

(4) Since 23 March 2007, how many other carers have: (a) applied for an ex-gratia payment; and (b) received the payment and, in each case, how much have these payments been.

 

 (5) Can an outline be provided of the process for the review of the eligibility criteria for the carer payment or allowance.

3139  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—For each year since the inception of the Child Care Benefit, what was the average amount paid as fee relief per: (a) family; and (b) child.

3140  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—For each of the financial years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06, what was the average amount of Child Care Benefit paid by child care service type.

3141  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—Of the families receiving the Child Care Benefit, how many are in the income range: (a) below $34 310; (b) between $34 310 and $40 000; (c) between $40 000 and $50 000; (d) between $50 000 and $60 000; (e) between $60 000 and $70 000; (f) between $70 000 and $80 000; (g) between $80 000 and $90 000; (h) between $90 000 and $98 000; and (i) above $98 000.

3142  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—How many of the families receiving the Child Care Benefit within each of the maximum, minimum and partial rates have: (a) one; (b) two; (c) three; or (d) more than three, children in care.

3143  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—(a) Can a breakdown be provided, by age, that details the number of children under the age of 12 receiving the Child Care Benefit (CCB); and (b) for each age, what is the total amount of CCB being paid.

3144  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—For each state and territory, how many families use each approved form of child care service type.

3145  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) (a) How many people in Australia have autism or related disorders; (b) of this number, how many people: (i) receive disability services funded through the Commonwealth-State/Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA), and (ii) do not receive disability services funded through the CSTDA.

(2) (a) Who represents people with autism/ASD on the National Disability Advisory Council (NDAC); and (b) what relationship do these members have with autism/ASD representative groups.

3146  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) Can details be provided of the dates, form and purpose of all communications in 2006 and 2007 between Mr Russel Egan Jr and/or the Superior Care Group or their representatives, with: (a) the department; and (b) the Minister’s office.

 

 (2) With reference to page 8 of the report of the investigation into the bed licence allocations in the South Coast Aged Care Planning Region, which describes a meeting attended by the Assistant Secretary, Residential Program Management Branch of the Ageing and Aged Care Division of the department, Mr Egan Jr, the former Senator Santo Santoro and a member of his staff: (a) who convened the meeting; (b) where was it held; and (c) can a copy be provided of the ‘dot point’ background brief for this meeting.

(3) How many other meetings were convened, with whom and when, between the then Minister and unsuccessful 2005 Aged Care Allocation Round applicants.

3147  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister for Human Services—With reference to the report of the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders, The prevalence of autism in Australia — can it be established from existing data? , released on 5 March 2007,

(1) Given that data from Centrelink was regarded as especially useful, why did Centrelink not provide researchers with a breakdown, by state, of the number of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who receive a Carer Allowance, a Disability Support Pension or other benefits.

(2) (a) Will a breakdown of the number of Carer Allowances relating to autism spectrum disorders be available to researchers in future; and (b) can Centrelink data for autism-related Carer Allowances be provided annually.

(3) (a) Is Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOSS) a severe and pervasive disorder; and (b) does Centrelink identify persons diagnosed with PDD-NOS; if not, why not.

3148  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—With reference to the Australian Political Parties for Democracy program, can a copy be provided of:

(a) all grant applications made under the program to date;

(b) reports or other documentation generated in assessing each of these grant applications and any related correspondence with the applicant, including e-mails and records of phone conversations.

(c) a list of grant applications which have been funded, including the amount and duration of the funding; and

(d) all reports received to date under clause 5.2 of the Grant Deed.

3149  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—

(1) Is the Government committed to meeting the 2010 biodiversity target set by the Convention on Biological Diversity, namely to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss.

(2) How will the Government evaluate its progress in relation to this target.

(3) Will interim reports be provided between the years 2007 and 2010; if not, why not.