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Wednesday, 31 August 1994
Page: 619

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

  The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia asks that the Childcare Rebate Act 1993 and the Social Security (Home Child Care and Partner Allowances) Legislation Amendment Act 1993 be amended with the application of common principles. To ensure that all parents with dependent children are treated equally, allowing maximum freedom of choice in child rearing.

  These Acts need to be amended to take account of:

1.the fact that 60% of married women in the workforce who have children, would prefer to stay at home and mind their children, but for economic reasons can't afford to (Institute of Family Studies Survey).

2.the failure to provide for equitable choice for women and families in allowing parents the maximum right to choose the most appropriate form of care for their children.

3.that there be recognition of a parent at home as a formal occupation reflecting its economic value and worth to society.

4.the need for equal payment of any subsidies and allowances for the care of children, paid directly to the parent.

5.the recognition that a family with more than one child incurs extra expenses.

  Your petitioners request that the Senate amend the Childcare Rebate Act 1993 and the Social Security (Home Child Care and Partner Allowances) Legislation Amendment Act 1993.

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