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Federal minister calls on Mr Brough to release 2006 child care data: which will show true state of child care.



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jenny macklin mp shadow minister for families and community services shadow minister for indigenous affairs and reconciliation federal member for jagajaga

FEDERAL LABOR CALLS ON MR BROUGH TO RELEASE 2006 CHILD CARE DATA - WHICH WILL SHOW TRUE STATE OF CHILD CARE

Federal Labor today calls on the Minister for Families, Mal Brough, to release the results of the 2006 Census of Child Care Services - which will show the true state of childcare in Australia.

It has been suggested that Mr Brough is blocking information that could expose the Howard Government’s failure to help families under pressure with child care costs, shortages and quality.

Federal Labor’s call follows revelations yesterday that almost one in 10 Australian child care centres failed to be accredited under the Howard Government’s child care quality framework.

The 2006 Child Care Census was expected to be released in June 2007 just as the 2004 Census was released on 30 June 2005.

With a federal election drawing close, Federal Labor calls on Mr Brough to stop hiding critical information on: • How much child care costs have increased since 2004? • How many children are using child care services, and for how many hours each

week? • If the number of qualified child care staff has changed since 2004?

On 13 June 2007, when I asked Mr Brough in the Parliament to release the data as soon as possible, he claimed the Child Care Census “has not yet been completed”.

But Mr Brough has been caught out - he used data selectively from the 2006 Child Care Census in his 29 May 2007 press release, “Government pays more than half of child care costs for most common family types and usage.”

Mr Brough should stop picking and choosing information from the 2006 Child Care Census that suits the Howard Government’s purposes.

Mr Brough should stop running away from scrutiny and release child care data regardless of how much it exposes his Government’s failures to the Australian public.

If the Australian Bureau of Statistics was able to release results of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing of nearly 20 million Australians over two months ago, Mr Brough should be able to find the time to release the 2006 Child Care Census.

The Census of Child Care Services in Australia has been conducted regularly since 1986 and is available at http://www.facs.gov.au/internet/facsinternet.nsf/childcare/04_census.htm.

More info: Moksha Watts 0409 774 266 18

September 2007