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Notice given 1 November 2006

2596  Senator Bishop: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Defence—

(1) (a) What contracts currently exist in the Defence portfolio for the provision of: (i) catering, (ii) cleaning, (iii) grounds maintenance, (iv) stores management, (v) warehousing and distribution, and (vi) explosives ordnance storage and management; and (b) for each category: (i) which companies have been awarded these contracts, (ii) for what term, (iii) at what total cost, and (iv) at which sites.

(2) (a) What tenders are currently in place for paragraph (1) (above); (b) what are the closing dates; and (c) which have closed and await finalisation.

(3) (a) What provisions referring to employment policies and practices are currently being used in tenders; and (b) what is the policy when prospective tenderers decline to offer Australian Workplace Agreements.

(4) What tenders in the categories in paragraph (1), are due to be issued in the next 3 months.

2598  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education, Science and Training—

(1) Can the Minister confirm that the Government is considering early testing of children for basic literacy skills; if so, at what age would this testing begin.

(2) Would the testing include screening for the presence of learning disabilities and disorders.

(3) Would the testing be conducted by a professional qualified to administer diagnostic tests for learning disabilities and disorders; if not, why not.

(4) What follow-up and support would be provided to students who are diagnosed with learning disabilities and disorders.