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ABC - Audio description trial

Senator Ludlam asked:
Could you provide details as to how the ABC would fund an audio description trial?

Answer:

As noted in the ABC's submission to the Department of Broadband, Communications and the
Digital Economy's Discussion Report on Access to Electronic Media for the Hearing and Vision
Impaired, the ABC is willing to further investigate the feasibility of an audio description (AD)
trial.

In relation to costs, the ABC submission stated (at page 8),

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Housing

CHAIR-Senator Ludlam, you have some general questions on housing.

Senator LUDLAM-Thanks, Chair. Some of this will traverse issues that I have asked you about before, so I will start with some fairly general stuff on social housing. I asked you about this, I think, in the last round. The minister's target was around 75 per cent of the social housing dwellings funded through the stimulus package to end up in the community housing sector. Can you provide us with an update of how that is going state by state?

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Energy rating of new social housing construction

Senator Ludlam asked:
Do you have data that you could table or would there just be a summary table of the compliance with the six-star rating state by state?
Answer:
Under the Commonwealth Guidelines for the Social Housing Initiative, only projects constructed under Stage 2 were required to, where possible, achieve a six star energy efficiency rating.
Based on data provided by the States and Territories, it is expected that the proportion of Stage 2 dwellings that will achieve this rating will be as follows:
State / Territory

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social housing stock

Senator Ludlam asked:

Is it possible to tell us what proportion is being commissioned or purchased off the plan?

Answer:
Based on data provided by the States and Territories in February 2010, dwellings that have been categorised as being purchased "off the plan - house and land" represent 13 per cent of the total dwelling numbers. A further 3 per cent are categorised as being purchased through "spot purchase" arrangements. The remaining dwellings are being purchased either through fixed and non fixed price contracts or other arrangements.

Senator Ludlam asked:

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National Rental Affordability Scheme

 (Question No. 2508 amended)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 22 December
2009:
With reference to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS):

(1) What proportion of NRAS incentives are being allocated for dwellings that were already in existence at the time of the introduction of the scheme.

(2) What cost controls and checks have been placed on how much will be paid for NRAS dwellings versus ‘market rates' of housing in those areas.

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Greens to address Perth rally to oppose the NT Intervention

Greens Senator WA Scott Ludlam will tell a rally in Perth tomorrow (SAT 13 Feb) that the Greens will continue opposing Northern Territory Intervention measures introduced by former prime minister John Howard and since extended across the nation under Kevin Rudd.

The rally, organised by the Aboriginal Rights Coalition, is calling for an end to the Intervention and the restoration of the Racial Discrimination Act, suspended by the Federal Government to enable it to conduct actions that constitute racial discrimination.

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‘Beat the peak’ with energy efficiency for people who need it most: Greens

State-owned housing should be the first priority for Government energy efficiency measures such as insulation, the Greens say.

“We must immediately retro-fit all of the State housing stock with energy efficiency measures, including basic steps such as ceiling insulation,” said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren, the party’s spokesperson on housing.

“Aged and disability pensioners are most likely to experience serious health impacts from to the heat, yet those in State housing are living in some of Perth’s hottest homes.

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Commonwealth Rental Assistance

Senate Finance and Public Administration Standing Committee
SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET ESTIMATES - 20 October 2009
ANSWER TO QUESTION ON NOTICE
Human Services Portfolio

Question reference number: HS32
Senator: Ludlam

Question:

During the last estimates hearings on Commonwealth Rent Assistance I was told that there is someone looking at the geographical breakdown of rent assistance recipients and those sorts of figures across different geographical areas. Is that information able to be described or tabled?

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Financial Counselling

Senate Finance and Public Administration Standing Committee
SUPPLEMENTARY BUDGET ESTIMATES - 20 October 2009
ANSWER TO QUESTION ON NOTICE
Human Services Portfolio

Question reference number: HS30
Senator: Ludlam

Question:
a) What financial counselling services does Centrelink currently provide to its clients, particularly those at risk of homelessness?
b) How many people are currently employed in this service and how many clients would they see per year?

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