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19    Family and Community Services— National Carers Week

Senator Brown, also on behalf of Senators Brockman, Siewert and Smith, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 510—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       15 to 21 October 2017 is National Carers Week and that it is estimated that there are 2.7 million carers who provide care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is frail aged in Australia, and

                                    (ii)       the theme for National Carers Week is ‘Carers Count’;

               (b)       acknowledges the significant contribution that carers make to the Australian community, saving the nation an estimated $60 billion per year; and

                (c)       recognises the sacrifices carers make in the loss of the opportunity to work and to participate fully in the life of the community.

Question put and passed.