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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21726


Mr DUTTON (1:59 PM) —I want to mention the issue of family day care and before and after school care. I want to lend my support to statements reported in the press last week attributed to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Larry Anthony, who has done a tremendous job in this portfolio. In complete contrast to the last eight years of the previous Labor government, the Howard government has provided significant benefits to families of Australia and in particular to those utilising the services of long day care centres. On a number of occasions I have spoken with families in my electorate of Dickson on the very important issue of family day care and before and after school care. I am very glad to say that it would seem that representations made by members on this side of the House to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs have come to be of some benefit. It is very important that this government continue to assist families in this way. (Time expired)


The SPEAKER —Order! It being 2.00 p.m. the time for members' statements has expired.