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25 May 2009

758  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Housing—In respect of the Social Housing Growth Funds and the National Partnership Agreement on Social Housing—

(1) Which State and Territory governments submitted proposals to the Australian Government before 2 March 2009 for funding for the 2008-09 financial year.

(2) Were any proposals submitted after 2 March 2009; if so, by which State and Territory government/s.

(3) What was the total combined monetary value of all proposals received.

(4)  Has the Australian Government entered into any bilateral agreements with any State or Territory government in respect of any proposal submitted in part (1); if so, with which State and Territory government/s.

(5) Has the Australian Government made any payment to a State or Territory government in respect of any bilateral agreement; if so, what sum was paid, and to which State or Territory government/s.

759  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Housing—In respect of the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness—

(1) Do any State and Territory governments not yet have agre ed implementation plans in place; if so, which State and Territory governments, and what are the reasons for the delays in completing such plans.

(2) Is Australian Government funding under this agreement for the 2009-10 financial year $71.1 million; if not, what is the total sum of funding.

(3) What share of funding in part (2) will each State and Territory government receive.

(4) Is Australian Government funding under this agreement for ‘A Place to Call Home’ for the 2009-10 financial year $26.6 million; if not, what is the total sum of funding.

(5) What share of funding in part (4) will each State and Territory government receive.

760  MR MORRISON: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—In respect of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing—

(1) Do any State and Territory governments not yet have agreed implementation plans in place; if so, which State and Territory government/s, and what are the reasons for the delays in completing s uch plans.

(2) Is Australian Government funding under this agreement for the 2009-10 financial year $432.733 million; if not, what is the total sum of funding.

(3) What share of funding in part (2) will each State government and the Northern Territory government receive.

761  MR OAKESHOTT: To ask the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government—

(1) Is he aware that in May 2009, the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council revealed an $18.5 million potential future loss on inv estments from collapsed collateralised debt obligations, which make up 75 per cent of investments made.

(2) Is he aware that in May 2009, the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council revealed that the building project known as ‘The Glasshouse Arts and Conference Centre’, totalling more than $50 million in capital expenditure to date and with an expected operating loss of $5.7 million per annum, makes up 6 per cent of overall Council annual expenditure and is more than its annual parks and gardens budget.

(3) Will the Australian Government consider an inquiry into local government investment strategies throughout Australia, to determine whether councils have been operating outside investment scope and jurisdiction or whether investment guidelines in Australia need improving.

762  MR D. P. M. HAWKER: To ask the Minister for Human Services—In respect of the Federal Government Drought Bus: (a) what locations has it visited in Victoria since its inception, and on what dates; and (b) what criteria determine the frequency and locations of visits.

763  MR ABBOTT: To ask the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—Will all existing part-pensioners have their income assessed in accordance with current taper rates, rather than those announced in the 2009 Budget, for as long as they continue to be on the pension; if not, what mechanism will she put in place to ensure that existing part-pensioners will not be worse off, as promised.