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21    Children—Child Poverty

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1048—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   after in-depth discussions with over a thousand young people and a national survey of 5 400 young people, the final report of the Australian Child Wellbeing Project found that of young people in years 4, 6 and 8:

                  ( a )   between 20 and 25 per cent worry that someone close to them will not have enough to eat,

                  ( b )   10 to 20 per cent sometimes go to bed hungry because there is not enough food at home, and

                  ( c )   more than 2 per cent often or always go to bed hungry, and

                 (ii)   the Australian Council of Social Service estimates that 17.7 per cent of children live below the poverty line; and

    (b)   calls on the Australian Government to adopt a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy, including measures to combat child poverty.

Statement by leave : The Minister for Vocational Education and Skills (Senator Ryan), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.