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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31579

Mr COX (5:40 PM) —We on the opposition side feel that the government is drawing an unnecessary distinction in trying to characterise playgroups as analogous to somebody looking after their own children in a non-playgroup type environment. I am sure that the definition of `child care' does not prohibit a parent from being involved in a child-care centre and assisting with the provision of long day care in a not-for-profit child-care centre. According to the definition of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer, I think that, if they did, that might jeopardise the child-care centre's treatment as a charity under the government's proposed amendment. I find the distinctions rather ridiculous. I accept the parliamentary secretary's comments about the benefits that are already available to playgroups by way of tax exemptions. I think that, as this amendment is not going to pass in this place, it is something that we on this side of the House will have a further look at down the track.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Mossfield)—The question is that the amendment be disagreed to.

Question agreed to.