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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14831

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of citizens of Australia draws the attention of the House to our serious concerns about the current child care system, particularly the low status and standing of workers in the child care field and their appalling wages and conditions. This is despite numerous reports about this issue that the Federal Government has ignored. Qualified child care workers are needed to run quality child care services for our children - our country's most precious resource - and urgent action is required in order to recruit and retain staff in this industry.

Your petitioners therefore request that the House turns its urgent attention to addressing the chronic shortage of qualified workers in the industry and ensuring they are given adequate recognition and reward for their important role in caring for our children.

by Ms George (from 38 citizens)