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Thursday, 7 June 1984
Page: 2755


Senator REYNOLDS —Is the Minister for Social Security able to report on a Federal Government initiative to provide up to 30 new child care centres in Queensland? Has the Minister received a favourable response from the State Government that it will co-operate in this important project by allocating Crown land so that all available funds can go towards construction costs?


Senator GRIMES —The Federal Government has been endeavouring to establish agreements with all States to increase the number of child care centres. We have already succeeded in reaching agreement with New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia, with the result that there has been a considerable increase in the number of child care centres available because of the provision of land and sometimes buildings by those States. I understand that a proposal has been agreed to in Queensland and that such co-operation will come from the Queensland Government with the production of land and, I understand, with the approval of the Queensland Government, some funds, so Queensland will also be able to take part in this initiative. I have not yet got the exact details of the proposal. I understand that it is probably in my Department at the moment. I am pleased that at least in this area the Queensland Government is willing to follow up a Federal Government initiative.