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HEALTH—HEARING AWARENESS WEEK

Senator Siewert amended general business notice of motion no. 519 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) the week beginning Sunday, 23 August 2009 is Hearing Awareness Week,

  (ii) one in six Australians has some form of hearing impairment, a total of 3.55 million people,

  (iii) noise injury is the single most common cause of hearing loss, with a total of 37 per cent of hearing loss due to noise injury, and

  (iv) captioning increases the ability of people with a hearing impairment to access broadcast messages; and

 (b) calls on the Government to:

  (i) ensure access to suitable technologies to assist eligible people with a hearing impairment,

  (ii) investigate the feasibility of expanding government-funded hearing services and aids to those over the age of 21, and

  (iii) investigate the feasibility of expanding captioning to include all government media.

Question put and passed.