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Monday, 21 October 2002
Page: 5499

Senator RIDGEWAY (New South Wales) (3.58 p.m.)—At the request of Senator Allison, I move:

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.

Question agreed to.