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The Hon SUSSAN LEY MP Federal Member for Farrer Shadow Minister for Childcare and Early Childhood Learning Shadow Minister for Employment Participation

20th January 2013 Media Release For immediate release

Baby care crisis mounts

A survey of Australian long daycare centres, indicating three out of every four do not have vacancies for babies, is further proof of a mounting baby care crisis in childcare.

“How many flashing lights does this Government need before they actually do something”, asks Shadow Childcare Minister, Sussan Ley.

Today’s News Limited papers report parents having to wait as long as two to three years for a childcare place ‘forcing them to quit jobs, rely on grandparents, hire expensive nannies or unqualified babysitters’.

“The Government’s bungling of reforms to the industry mean nurseries are becoming either too expensive to run or there is not enough qualified staff to meet new carer-to-baby ratios”, Ms Ley warned.

“It’s now 227 days since the PM’s so-called crisis summit on childcare to address issues like this, with Labor playing a blame game with the states on problems of its own making”.

“As we head into an election year, all parents want is affordable, accessible and flexible care for their children. The simple evidence is Labor is doing nothing to fix the problem and we will”, Ms Ley concluded.