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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2385


Senator SMITH (Western Australia) (15:26): I move:

That the Senate acknowledges:

(a) the valuable contribution that grandparents who take on the primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren make to the Australian community;

(b) that, while these grandparents take on these added responsibilities with great care and commitment, it can often lead to financial, physical and emotional hardship; and

(c) the announcement by the Western Australian State Government that it will introduce a Grandcarers Support Scheme which will provide financial assistance to those grandparents who care for their grandchildren full-time but do not receive financial support through the Department of Child Protection.

Question agreed to.