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Notice given 20 March 2007

Leader of the Australian Democrats (Senator Allison): To move—

(1) That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 30 June 2008:

Ongoing efforts towards improving mental health services in Australia, with reference to the National Action Plan on Mental Health agreed upon at the July 2006 meeting of the Council of Australian Governments, particularly examining the commitments and contributions of the different levels of government with regard to their respective roles and responsibilities.


 (2) That the committee, in considering this matter, give consideration to:

(a) the extent to which the action plan assists in achieving the aims and objectives of the National Mental Health Strategy;

(b) the overall contribution of the action plan to the development of a coordinated infrastructure to support community-based care;

(c) progress towards implementing the recommendations of the Select Committee on Mental Health, as outlined in its report A national approach to mental health - from crisis to community ; and

(d) identifying any possible remaining gaps or shortfalls in funding and in the range of services available for people with a mental illness.

(3) That the committee have access to, and have power to make use of, the evidence and records of the Select Committee on Mental Health.

Notice of motion altered on 21 March 2007 pursuant to standing order 77.

On 29 March 2007

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s national parks.

General Business—Notice of Motion