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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. 320—That the Senate—

 (a) notes:

  (i) the recent announcement by receiver McGrathNicol that 386 of the ABC Learning's 1 042 centres are `subject to further operational review', with no guarantee that they would remain open in 2009, and

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

 (b) recognises that there are less than 30 days remaining until the Government's $22 million `prop-up' of ABC Learning expires; and

 (c) calls on the Minister for Education (Ms Gillard) to immediately table the Government's contingency plan for beyond 31 December 2008.

Question put and passed.