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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 24


Mr JENKINS (1:58 PM) —Under standing order 209(b) I present a petition from 305 citizens raising the need for a respite house in the city of Whittlesea. The petition of certain citizens draws to the attention of the House the failure of the government to ensure a facility based respite centre for people with disabilities. The petitioners ask the House to call on the government to provide funding for the construction of a respite facility and to provide recurrent funding necessary to staff the facility. This is a much needed facility in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne. It is hard for parents with disabled children to find time for themselves. These parents have indicated that they would like the option of a facility based centre. Many of the bureaucrats indicate that that is not the way to go, but I believe that we should put the concerns of these people to government at both federal and state levels to indicate that this is the model that parents would like to see. It would enable them to have a break from the duties and the care that they give their disabled children overnight, for a weekend or even a holiday.

The petition read as follows—

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

The Petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:

  • The failure of the government to ensure a facility based respite centre is available for people with disabilities within the City of Whittlesea LGA.

Your petitioners therefore ask the House to call on the Howard Government to:

1.   Provide funding for the construction of a respite facility for the use of people with a disability residing within the City of Whittlesea.

2.   Provide recurrent funding necessary to staff the respite facility in order to support people with disabilities to receive overnight respite care.

from 355 citizens.


The SPEAKER —Order! It being 2 pm, in accordance with standing order 43 the time for members’ statements has concluded.