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Notice given 12 September 2007

*3467  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to comments made by Professor Jon Altman from the Australian National University on the website www.crikey.com.au on 31 August 2007:

(1) Is it the case that Indigenous Community Liaison Officers (ICLOs) are employed to assist the Child Health Check (CHC) teams and that the role of ICLOs is to introduce the CHC teams to the communities and to assist with communication and interpretation, including by providing an explanation of informed consent.

(2) Is it the case that ICLOs are required to be familiar with and understand an eight page document that provides key information on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Health Check (Medicare Item 708), and that teams in Maningrida may be required to interpret up to 13 community languages, including Ndjebenna and Kunibeidji spoken by the local traditional owners as well as speakers of Kunbarlang, Kuninjku, Kune, Dalabon, Rembarrnga, Djinang, Wulaki, Burrarra (in three dialects), Nakkara, Gunartpa and Gurrgoni.

(3) (a) Is it the case that ICLOs are paid $100 per day; (b) are ICLOs covered: (i) by an award; if so, which award, or (ii) under Australian Workplace Agreements; (c) is the award rate for interpreters $100; and (d) in the cases described, what is the definition of ‘a days work’.

(4) Does the Minister agree that $100 a day is fair and reasonable compensation for the complex tasks at hand; if so, why.

*3468  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to an article published on 29 August 2007 by the Inter Press Service News Agency, ‘Israel Warned US Not to Invade Iraq after 9/11’, which quotes the former Chief of Staff for Mr Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State of the United States of America (US), indicating that Israel warned the US prior to the invasion of Iraq of the destabilising effect such action would have on the region and that Iran, and not Iraq should be the principal security concern:

(1) Given that the Prime Minister often contends that he was privy to all US intelligence before making the decision to go to war in Iraq, was the Prime Minister aware of the Israeli advice; if so, why was such advice ignored when making a commitment to send Australian troops to war; if not, given Israeli interest in the matter, why was Israeli advice not sought by the Australian Government.

(2) Does the Government concur with the suggestion in this report that the invasion of Iraq occurred, not because of any security issue emanating from the 11 September 2001 attacks, but due to a long-standing strategic plan by the US Government concerning the Middle East region.

*3469  Senator Stephens: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—

(1) What is the name of the organisation that has been awarded a contract for future Community Development Employment Projects services in Carnarvon, Western Australia.

 

 (2) (a) What is the starting date of the contract; and (b) what is its duration.

(3) Is the organisation also trading as Workbase, a Job Network provider.

(4) Is the organisation under coronial investigation associated with the deaths of 2 people allegedly compelled to undertake work at sea without being properly trained; if so, what was the outcome of the coronial investigation.