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Notice given 19 April 2007

3138  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—With reference to the statement of the Prime Minister on Radio 3AW on 23 March 2007 that the Minister had contacted Mrs Georgette Fishlock and that she was given an ex-gratia payment of $10 000 for the support of her son:

(1) From which Budget measure was this payment made.

(2) Since 1 January 2004: (a) how many other carers have received an ex-gratia payment; and (b) what amounts of ex-gratia payments have been made.

(3) What are the eligibility criteria for ex-gratia payments.

(4) Since 23 March 2007, how many other carers have: (a) applied for an ex-gratia payment; and (b) received the payment and, in each case, how much have these payments been.

(5) Can an outline be provided of the process for the review of the eligibility criteria for the carer payment or allowance.


 3145  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) (a) How many people in Australia have autism or related disorders; (b) of this number, how many people: (i) receive disability services funded through the Commonwealth-State/Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA), and (ii) do not receive disability services funded through the CSTDA.

(2) (a) Who represents people with autism/ASD on the National Disability Advisory Council (NDAC); and (b) what relationship do these members have with autism/ASD representative groups.

3147  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister for Human Services—With reference to the report of the Australian Advisory Board on Autism Spectrum Disorders, The prevalence of autism in Australia — can it be established from existing data? , released on 5 March 2007,

(1) Given that data from Centrelink was regarded as especially useful, why did Centrelink not provide researchers with a breakdown, by state, of the number of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who receive a Carer Allowance, a Disability Support Pension or other benefits.

(2) (a) Will a breakdown of the number of Carer Allowances relating to autism spectrum disorders be available to researchers in future; and (b) can Centrelink data for autism-related Carer Allowances be provided annually.

(3) (a) Is Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOSS) a severe and pervasive disorder; and (b) does Centrelink identify persons diagnosed with PDD-NOS; if not, why not.

3148  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister for Finance and Administration—With reference to the Australian Political Parties for Democracy program, can a copy be provided of:

(a) all grant applications made under the program to date;

(b) reports or other documentation generated in assessing each of these grant applications and any related correspondence with the applicant, including e-mails and records of phone conversations.

(c) a list of grant applications which have been funded, including the amount and duration of the funding; and

(d) all reports received to date under clause 5.2 of the Grant Deed.

3149  Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Water Resources—

(1) Is the Government committed to meeting the 2010 biodiversity target set by the Convention on Biological Diversity, namely to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity loss.

(2) How will the Government evaluate its progress in relation to this target.

(3) Will interim reports be provided between the years 2007 and 2010; if not, why not.