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Notice given 13 March 2008

*370  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education—Given that the report of the internal departmental review on the effectiveness of the socioeconomic status (SES) funding arrangements, Review of SES funding arrangements for non-government schools , is available on the Sydney Morning Herald website, will the Government now release the report publicly; if not, why not.

*371  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Safe Abortion Action Fund, established in 2006 to support services and information to reduce unsafe abortion worldwide and to offset the fall in reproductive health funding as a result of the United States Global Gag Rule which denies family planning funds to any foreign non-government organisation that uses its own money to provide legal abortion services or counselling, gives referrals on safe abortion options, provides facts about the consequences of unsafe abortion or participates in public debate, no matter how informal, that might improve access to safe services.


 (2) Is the Minister aware that the governments of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland have provided approximately $15 million in funding to support the IPPF fund. 

(3) Is the Minister aware that in its first call for proposals the IPPF fund received 222 proposals totalling more than $43 million.

(4) How much funding does the Government currently provide to the IPPF fund.

(5) How much funding does the Government intend to provide to the IPPF fund.