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Thursday, 13 April 2000
Page: 14081


Senator NEWMAN (3:01 PM) —I have some extra information in response to a question Senator Lundy asked me yesterday, which I seek to incorporate.

Leave granted.

The answer read as follows—

Question asked by Senator Lundy during Question Time, 12 April 2000

Question: Does the Minister agree that child care is an industry heavily affected by economic change and that child-care workers who have lost their entitlements should therefore be eligible for assistance from the Government's Employee Entitlements Support Scheme?

Response:

Any child-care workers who have been sacked since 1 January 2000 due to their employer's insolvency, and who are still owed some of their entitlements, are welcome to apply for assistance under the Employee Entitlements Support Scheme (EESS).

They can apply for assistance by telephoning the Employee Entitlements Support Scheme hotline, on 1300 135 040.

This Government is proud to have implemented the Employee Entitlements Support Scheme, which provides a safety net of payments for workers sacked by insolvent employers.