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23 February 2009

MR CIOBO: To ask the Ministers listed below (questions Nos. *606 - *610)—In respect of the Government’s funding of organisations and projects between 3 December 2007 and 20 January 2009: (a) which organisations and projects based in the Moncrieff electorate received funding from his department; (b) what sum of funding did each organisation and project receive; and (c) for what purpose was each funding commitment made.

* 606  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

* 607  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

* 608  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Resources and Energy.

* 609  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Tourism.

* 610  MR CIOBO: To ask the Minister for Small Business, Independent Contractors and the Service Economy.

* 611  MR TRUSS: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts—In respect of the proposal by Powerlink to construct a 14 kilometre power line from Woolooga to Eerwah Vale in South East Queensland: (a) is he aware that the rare, endangered Richmond Birdwing butterfly’s habitat will be directly affected by the proposed power line route; (b) has the presence of the butterfly been reported for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ; and (c) will he declare the power line a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and require a full environmental impact assessment.

* 612  MRS MIRABELLA: To ask the Minister for Education—

(1) Has the Government allocated $970 million over five years to implement its universal access for early childhood education initiative by 2012-13.

(2) Did the attachment to the COAG Communique of 29 November 2008 state that ‘the distribution of funding across the States in the first four years will have an emphasis on assisting those jurisdictions that are further behind in the delivery of pre-school services’.

(3) Given that preschool participation rates in New South Wales (NSW) are just 64 per cent compared with 87 per cent across Australia, and parents pay the highest fees of any in the nation: (a) will a higher proportion of the $970 million funding be allocated to NSW; if so, what is that proportion likely to be; (b) what specific policies have been implemented in the short term to at least bring NSW into line with other States as soon as possible; (c) what measures will be taken to ensure that the NSW Government does not further cut funding; (d) what oversight will the Government provide to ensure that any money allocated to NSW goes directly to preschools, especially community-based preschools, to enable them to reduce fees and make preschool more affordable for NSW families; and (e) by what date will the COAG funding begin to flow through to NSW preschools.

* 613  DR JENSEN: To ask the Minister for Health and Ageing—Has Dr Alex Wodak provided any information or opinion on the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s policy relating to Dr George O’Neil or his naltrexone clinic or naltrexone therapy in general; if so, what was the content of that information or opinion and how has it affected Government policy or decision-making relating to funding for Dr O’Neil’s clinic.




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