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Notice given 24 March 2009

*1452† Senator Bob Brown: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the answer to question on notice no. 1170 (Senate Hansard , 16 March 2009, p. 111): Has the presence of cane toads in East Timor been ruled out; if not, why not.

 

Senator Cormann: To ask the Ministers listed below (Question Nos *1453-*1454)—

(1) Is the Minister aware of the practice of superannuation funds charging increased fees to retrenched workers compared to when they were employed; if so: (a) which funds are involved in this practice; and (b) are any of these funds industry superannuation funds.

(2) Have any of the funds carrying out this practice been nominated as ‘default’ funds by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission, as allowed under the Australian Labor Party’s workplace relations legislation; if so, which funds have been nominated.

(3) Does the Minister support the appointment of an industry superannuation fund carrying on this practice as a default fund.

(4) If it is shown that a default fund has charged these fees, will the Government act to remove the default fund provision from all ‘modernised’ awards to ensure that individuals and working families do not have such a fund chosen for them by default.

*1453† Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

*1454† Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law

*1455† Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Education—

(1) For the 2008-09 financial year, how much funding has been budgeted for the following education programs: (a) the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme; and (b) the Commonwealth Literacy and Numeracy Program.

(2) For the 2008-09 financial year, how much money has been disbursed for the following programs: (a) the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme; and (b) the Commonwealth Literacy and Numeracy Program.

*1456†  Senator Cormann: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Ageing—

(1) For the 2008-09 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), what was the total number of Community Aged Care Package (CACP) applications: (a) submitted; and (b) submitted for each aged care planning region.

(2) For the 2007-08 ACAR, what was the total number of CACP applications: (a) submitted; and (b) submitted in each aged care planning region.

(3) For the 2007-08 ACAR, what was the total number of successful CACP applications in each aged care planning region.

(4) For the 2007-08 financial year, what was the percentage of unsuccessful CACP applications in each aged care planning region.

(5) Since November 2007, what was the total number of bed licences: (a) returned to the department; and (b) returned to the department in each aged care planning region.

(6) Has there been any correspondence from aged care providers giving reasons as to why bed licenses were returned; if so, can copies of that correspondence be provided.