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12    Family and Community Services—Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Senator Polley, also on behalf of Senator Bilyk, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 974—That the Senate—

    (a)   recognises:

                  (i)   the successful campaigning of Maria Bond from Bears Of Hope, whose efforts have prompted the Tasmanian Government move to provide official recognition for babies lost during early pregnancy, and

                 (ii)   the importance of this initiative, which allows Tasmanian parents who lose a baby before 20 weeks gestation, or a baby that weighs less than 400 grams, to apply for a commemorative certificate;

    (b)   notes that:

                  (i)   15 October is recognised as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom, New South Wales and Western Australia, and

                 (ii)   the campaign for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in Australia began in 2008; and

     (c)   calls for 15 October to be recognised in Australia as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day - a day for parents and families who experience the loss of their baby.

Question put and passed.