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Monday, 13 February 2017
Page: 660


Senator BUSHBY (TasmaniaChief Government Whip in the Senate) (15:40): At the request of Senator Smith, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren Western Australia (GRGWA) on winning the group category in the Western Australia Council of the Ageing (COTA) Senior Awards for 2016;

(b) commends the staff of GRGWA, all of whom are volunteers, for their tireless work in supporting those grandparents, and their families, who take on the role of primary carer for their grandchildren; and

(c) notes that the numbers of grandparents taking on the full-time care of their grandchildren continues to grow, and reaffirms the recommendations contained in the report of the Senate Community Affairs References Committee, Grandparents who take responsibility for raising their grandchildren.

Question agreed to.