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Notice given 15 January 2009

1215  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) Can a breakdown be provided for the 2008-09 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), by state and territory, of the number of: (a) high care places available; (b) high care places sought; (c) low care places available; and (d) low care places sought.

(2) Are applicants in the 2008-09 ACAR assessed on the basis of having experience in the provision of aged care services and/or the financial capacity to provide the beds they apply for.

(3) How many of the applicants in the 2008-09 ACAR had no previous experience in providing aged care services.

(4) Of the bed licences granted in each of the years 2003 to 2008, how many have not been: (a) built; and (b) surrendered.

1216  Senator Fifield: To ask the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy—Has the Australian Broadcasting Corporation undertaken a review of the content of the ‘Planet Slayer’ website; if so: (a) what was the outcome of that review; (b) when will the Minister release the review; and (c) will the review be posted online for the general public to access; if not, why not.

1217  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs—Having yet to receive a response to questions taken on notice during the 2008-09 supplementary Budget estimates hearings of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, can the Minister also provide answers to the following:

(1) Has BHP Billiton announced that it will not be going ahead with mining on Gag Island, Indonesia.

(2) What representations, direct or indirect, have been made to Indonesia by Australia or any Australian mining company regarding Gag Island or its inclusion on the World Heritage List.

1218  Senator Milne: To ask the Minister for Climate Change and Water—Will the Commonwealth Government act to ensure the $140 million allocated to Tasmania for irrigation projects is not spent on projects such as the proposed Boobyalla Dam (otherwise known as the Waterhouse Dam) which would destroy Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) protected forest community types and state- and Commonwealth-listed threatened species and noted priority species for protection under the Tasmanian RFA; if not, why not.