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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—GRANDCARERS SUPPORT SCHEME

Senator Smith, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1208—That the Senate acknowledges:

 (a) the valuable contribution that grandparents who take on the primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren make to the Australian community;

 (b) that, while these grandparents take on these added responsibilities with great care and commitment, it can often lead to financial, physical and emotional hardship; and

 (c) the announcement by the Western Australian State Government that it will introduce a Grandcarers Support Scheme which will provide financial assistance to those grandparents who care for their grandchildren full-time but do not receive financial support through the Department of Child Protection.

Question put and passed.