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Thursday, 17 October 2002
Page: 5350

Senator Allison to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the week beginning 20 October 2002 is Carers Week,

(ii) there are 2.3 million people in our community who care for a relative or friend who has a disability, mental or chronic illness or who is frail aged, and

(iii) carers provide 74 per cent of care needs to people requiring care, saving health and community care systems around $20 billion per year;

(b) congratulates:

(i) carers around Australia for their selfless support of family and friends, and

(ii) Carers Australia for its work to have carers recognised for their contribution; and

(c) urges the Federal Government to seriously consider ways to offer further support to carers who often feel isolated in the community.

Senator Tierney to move on the next day of sitting:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises that the Federal Coalition Government has increased investment in education each year, with $2.4 billion being provided for public schools in 2002-03, an increase of 5.7 per cent over the past year and a 52 per cent increase since 1996;

(b) expresses alarm that New South Wales state government spending on education currently lags $318 million a year below the Australian national average;

(c) notes that New South Wales primary schools have the worst student-to-teacher ratios in Australia and some of the largest class sizes in the country;

(d) further notes that the Vinson report into public education demonstrates the under resourcing of the public education system in New South Wales by the Carr Government; and

(e) congratulates New South Wales Opposition Leader, John Brogden, who vowed on 24 September 2002 to spend more on public schools and backed the need to reduce class sizes.