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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 the decision not to provide In-Service Provider training funds to Queensland childcare services. Our opposition to this decision is based on the following—

· The Government has singled out Queensland from any other state by halving by $500,000 in childcare in-service training funds;

· Childcare workers across Queensland will not have the same access to in-service training as in other states;

· This decision is also of concern to children and families across the State who are using child care services;

· The Government should not be able to axe funding to a program that is currently under review.

Your petitioners therefore request that the House turn its urgent attention to:

1. Seek an urgent review of this decision.

2. To reinstate in-service training funds to Queensland childcare services.

3. To adequately fund the following Queensland childcare training and resource organisations—Lady Gowrie Queensland; QCOSS—Child Care Management Training and Support Unit; Family Day Care Association Queensland Inc.; and Queensland Children's Activities Network QCAN Inc. to deliver ongoing quality in-service training to all Queensland childcare services.

by Mr Sciacca (from 54 citizens)