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Monday, 1 June 1998
Page: 4241

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

This petition of the undersigned shows that:

the Federal Government's childcare policies are reducing the quality of care and making it unaffordable;

fees have risen by up to $25 at some services and families are being put under pressure trying to meet the extra costs;

the Government's cuts and changes to child care are forcing parents, often mothers, to reduce the hours they work or quit work altogether reducing family income and making it harder for families to meet weekly costs;

the Government's changes are forcing some parents to choose unlicensed backyard care which could put our children at risk.

Your Petitioners ask that the Parliament:

make the necessary changes to ensure child care is affordable, quality care that is meeting the needs of Australian families.

by Mr Robert Brown(from 46 citizens)
by Mr McClelland(from 75 citizens)
by Mr Jenkins(from 15 citizens)