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Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Page: 5423


Senator SIEWERT (4:03 PM) —I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 519 standing in my name.

Leave granted.


Senator SIEWERT —I move the motion as amended:

   That the Senate:

(a)   notes that:

(i)   the week beginning Sunday, 23 August 2009 is Hearing Awareness Week,

(ii)   one in six Australians has some form of hearing impairment, a total of 3.55 million people,

(iii)   noise injury is the single most common cause of hearing loss, with a total of 37 per cent of hearing loss due to noise injury, and

(iv)   captioning increases the ability of people with a hearing impairment to access broadcast messages; and

(b)   calls on the Government to:

(i)   ensure access to all suitable technologies to assist people with a hearing impairment,

(ii)   investigate the feasibility of expanding government-funded hearing services and aids to those over the age of 21, and

(iii)   investigate the feasibility of expanding captioning to include all government media.

Question agreed to.