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Wednesday, 14 October 2015
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Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (10:25): I am fascinated by that response, in that I know through the IAS process—and we have a Senate inquiry into this—that applications that were made for these sorts of joined-up wraparound services we are talking about now did not get funded, and there were some in the Kimberley that did not get funded. So, I think a lot of the communities that put in applications through the last round of IAS funding will be (a) fascinated by this debate and (b) coming back to government to ask, 'Can we now have access to these services, given that other communities now seem to be able to get these services?'

My question there is: will the government now be willing to take applications from other communities for these sorts of services? It is a straightforward question: are you opening this process now to applications from other communities who want similar sorts of services for which you have now come up with funding all of a sudden? It is not that I think it is a bad idea to give them services. Will other communities now be able to put up their hand and say, 'We want some funding the same as Ceduna is getting'?