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FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES—ABC LEARNING—CHILD CARE

Senator Hanson-Young, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 267—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the Government's recent announcement of a $22 million package to keep ABC Learning open until the end of 2008, following months of financial woes, and

  (ii) ABC Learning accounts for more than 100 000 long day-care places;

 (b) recognises that the expertise and experience of those in the sector should be included in planning the response to this crisis; and

 (c) calls on the Government to hold an emergency summit of the key child care providers from around the country, to open up the lines of communication and learn from those who are caring for children, in determining how best to stabilise and improve child care within Australia.

Question put and passed.