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Wednesday, 29 November 2000
Page: 20207

Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 14 September 2000:

(1) What are the exact accusations levelled at the Association.

(2) If one was a specific incident regarding one carer, why was the whole scheme affected.

(3) Why have the Association and local Members of Parliament not been advised of the exact nature and specific details of the complaints.

Senator Newman (Minster for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) I have outlined in an earlier response the reasons for the decision. (See answer to Question 2926 (2))

(2) The action taken to remove operational funding from the Association was not based on an incident involving one carer.

(3) The Association was provided with a copy of the Independent Tribunal's report which outlined a range of concerns. The Association was also advised by the Department of the particular aspects of the service that were unsatisfactory. However specific information about families and child care services obtained by the Commonwealth Child Care Program through the administration of the program is subject to confidentiality provisions and will not normally be released.