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Australian뀀ഀȠChildcare뀀ഀȠAlliance:뀀ഀȠState뀀ഀȠPresidents뀀ഀȠ

QLD/ACT뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-Peter뀀ഀȠPrice뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠMobile:뀀ഀȠ0418뀀ഀȠ788뀀ഀȠ889뀀ഀȠ

NSW뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠVicki뀀ഀȠSkoulogenis뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠMobile:뀀ഀȠ0418뀀ഀȠ698뀀ഀȠ275뀀ഀȠ

VIC뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠPaul뀀ഀȠMondo뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠMobile:뀀ഀȠ0411뀀ഀȠ587뀀ഀȠ170뀀ഀȠ

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WA뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠRachelle뀀ഀȠTucker뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠMobile:뀀ഀȠ0433뀀ഀȠ498뀀ഀȠ147뀀ഀȠ

SA뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠKerry뀀ഀȠMahony뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠMobile:뀀ഀȠ0419뀀ഀȠ819뀀ഀȠ754뀀ഀȠ

NT뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠSandra뀀ഀȠHill뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠMobile:뀀ഀȠ0419뀀ഀȠ350뀀ഀȠ992뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

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Childcare뀀ഀȠAffordability뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠAccess뀀ഀȠMust뀀ഀȠBe뀀ഀȠon뀀ഀȠTop뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠElection뀀ഀȠPolicy뀀ഀȠConsiderations뀀ഀȠ

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Australia’s뀀ഀȠchild뀀ഀȠcare뀀ഀȠproviders뀀ഀȠtoday뀀ഀȠcalled뀀ഀȠon뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠGovernment뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠOpposition뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠannounce뀀ഀȠpolicies뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠput뀀ഀȠ

Australia’s뀀ഀȠyoung뀀ഀȠchildren뀀ഀȠfirst뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠensure뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠall뀀ഀȠfamilies뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠaccess뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠaffordable뀀ഀȠquality뀀ഀȠearly뀀ഀȠlearning뀀ഀȠ

programs뀀ഀȠregardless뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠwhere뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠlive뀀ഀȠor뀀ഀȠwhat뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠearn.뀀ഀȠ

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The뀀ഀȠAustralian뀀ഀȠChildcare뀀ഀȠAlliance뀀ഀȠ(ACA),뀀ഀȠrepresenting뀀ഀȠ70뀀ഀȠper뀀ഀȠcent뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠlong뀀ഀȠday뀀ഀȠchild뀀ഀȠcare뀀ഀȠsector뀀ഀȠservices뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠ

educators뀀ഀȠwho뀀ഀȠcare뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠmore뀀ഀȠthan뀀ഀȠ400,000뀀ഀȠyoung뀀ഀȠchildren,뀀ഀȠcalled뀀ഀȠon뀀ഀȠour뀀ഀȠpolitical뀀ഀȠleaders뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠensure뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠfamilies’뀀ഀȠ

current뀀ഀȠplight뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠtrying뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠremain뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠworkforce뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠaddressed.뀀ഀȠ

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ACA뀀ഀȠPresident뀀ഀȠMs뀀ഀȠGwynn뀀ഀȠBridge뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠit뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠtime뀀ഀȠGovernment뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠOpposition뀀ഀȠrealise뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠcurrent뀀ഀȠstate뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠ

early뀀ഀȠeducation뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠcare뀀ഀȠsector뀀ഀȠneeds뀀ഀȠimmediate뀀ഀȠrelief.뀀ഀȠ

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“Families뀀ഀȠneed뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠbreak뀀ഀȠ-뀀ഀȠtheir뀀ഀȠfinancial뀀ഀȠstruggle뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠremain뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠworkforce뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠescalated뀀ഀȠover뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠpast뀀ഀȠthree뀀ഀȠyears,”뀀ഀȠ

Ms뀀ഀȠBridge뀀ഀȠsaid.뀀ഀȠ

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“The뀀ഀȠsector뀀ഀȠneeds뀀ഀȠrelief뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠassist뀀ഀȠfamilies뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠform뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠincreased뀀ഀȠfunding뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠalleviate뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠpressure뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠbeen뀀ഀȠ

brought뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠbear뀀ഀȠby뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠerosion뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠsubsidies뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠimplementation뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠNational뀀ഀȠQuality뀀ഀȠFramework뀀ഀȠintroduced뀀ഀȠ

by뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠGovernment.”뀀ഀȠ

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“Our뀀ഀȠchildren뀀ഀȠare뀀ഀȠindeed뀀ഀȠour뀀ഀȠfuture뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠneed뀀ഀȠall뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠsupport뀀ഀȠwe뀀ഀȠcan뀀ഀȠgive뀀ഀȠthem.”뀀ഀȠ

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“The뀀ഀȠGreens뀀ഀȠhave뀀ഀȠtaken뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠproactive뀀ഀȠapproach뀀ഀȠas뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠobviously뀀ഀȠrecognise뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠimportance뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠensuring뀀ഀȠAustralian뀀ഀȠ

families뀀ഀȠare뀀ഀȠnot뀀ഀȠplaced뀀ഀȠunder뀀ഀȠfurther뀀ഀȠstress뀀ഀȠby뀀ഀȠhaving뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠmake뀀ഀȠdifficult뀀ഀȠdecisions뀀ഀȠlike뀀ഀȠleaving뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠworkforce뀀ഀȠor뀀ഀȠputting뀀ഀȠ

their뀀ഀȠchildren뀀ഀȠinto뀀ഀȠbackyard뀀ഀȠcare.”뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

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“A뀀ഀȠchild뀀ഀȠwell뀀ഀȠcared뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠsupervised,뀀ഀȠregulated,뀀ഀȠlearning뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠcaring뀀ഀȠenvironment뀀ഀȠtoday,뀀ഀȠwill뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠresponsible뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠ

self-sufficient뀀ഀȠtaxpayer뀀ഀȠtomorrow.”뀀ഀȠ

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“We뀀ഀȠlook뀀ഀȠforward뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠGovernment’s뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠOpposition’s뀀ഀȠchild뀀ഀȠcare뀀ഀȠpolicy뀀ഀȠannouncements뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠachieve뀀ഀȠsimilar,뀀ഀȠif뀀ഀȠnot뀀ഀȠ

a뀀ഀȠbetter뀀ഀȠdeal,뀀ഀȠfor뀀ഀȠfamilies,”뀀ഀȠMs뀀ഀȠBridge뀀ഀȠsaid뀀ഀȠtoday.뀀ഀȠ

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ACA뀀ഀȠis뀀ഀȠurging뀀ഀȠboth뀀ഀȠsides뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠmainstream뀀ഀȠpolitical뀀ഀȠdivide뀀ഀȠto:뀀ഀȠ

∞ increase뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠChild뀀ഀȠCare뀀ഀȠBenefit뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠhas뀀ഀȠeroded뀀ഀȠby뀀ഀȠapproximately뀀ഀȠ20%뀀ഀȠover뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠpast뀀ഀȠ10뀀ഀȠyears뀀ഀȠ

∞ Remove뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠfreeze뀀ഀȠon뀀ഀȠindexation뀀ഀȠon뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠChild뀀ഀȠCare뀀ഀȠRebate뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠincrease뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠannual뀀ഀȠrate뀀ഀȠ뀀ഀȠ

∞ Delay뀀ഀȠimplementation뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠfurther뀀ഀȠNational뀀ഀȠQuality뀀ഀȠFramework뀀ഀȠlegislation뀀ഀȠtimelines뀀ഀȠuntil뀀ഀȠcosts뀀ഀȠcurrently뀀ഀȠbeing뀀ഀȠ

뀀ഀȠborne뀀ഀȠby뀀ഀȠfamilies뀀ഀȠcan뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠmet뀀ഀȠby뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠgovernment뀀ഀȠ

∞ Introduce뀀ഀȠa뀀ഀȠplanning뀀ഀȠmodel뀀ഀȠto뀀ഀȠensure뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠnew뀀ഀȠservices뀀ഀȠare뀀ഀȠbuilt뀀ഀȠonly뀀ഀȠin뀀ഀȠareas뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠidentified뀀ഀȠneed뀀ഀȠ

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“What뀀ഀȠour뀀ഀȠfamilies뀀ഀȠwant뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠneed뀀ഀȠare뀀ഀȠfirm뀀ഀȠpre-election뀀ഀȠguarantees뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠtheir뀀ഀȠchildren뀀ഀȠcan뀀ഀȠaccess뀀ഀȠhigh뀀ഀȠquality뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠ

affordable뀀ഀȠearly뀀ഀȠlearning뀀ഀȠprograms.뀀ഀȠParents뀀ഀȠneed뀀ഀȠurgent뀀ഀȠassistance뀀ഀȠwith뀀ഀȠtheir뀀ഀȠcash뀀ഀȠflow뀀ഀȠdifficulties뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠneed뀀ഀȠ

certainty뀀ഀȠthat뀀ഀȠtheir뀀ഀȠchildren뀀ഀȠwon’t뀀ഀȠbe뀀ഀȠpriced뀀ഀȠout뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠthe뀀ഀȠchild뀀ഀȠcare뀀ഀȠservice뀀ഀȠthey뀀ഀȠattend뀀ഀȠbecause뀀ഀȠof뀀ഀȠwell-intentioned뀀ഀȠbut뀀ഀȠ

costly뀀ഀȠand뀀ഀȠill-conceived뀀ഀȠreform뀀ഀȠideas,”뀀ഀȠMs뀀ഀȠBridge뀀ഀȠconcludes.뀀ഀȠ

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Suite 6, 539 Highett Road, Highett, VIC, 3190

T: (03) 9532 2017 Fax: (03) 9532 3336

President: Gwynn Bridge (QLD)

M: 0418 764 779

gwynn.bridge@australianchildcarealliance.org.au

Secretary: Frank Cusmano (VIC)

M: 0413 598 922

frank.cusmano@australianchildcarealliance.org.au