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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Page: 53

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —The President has received a letter from Senator Lundy proposing that a definite matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion, namely:

The need for the Federal Government to:

(1)   redress the decline in women’s wages compared with men’s over the life of the Howard Government;

(2)   develop a solution to punishing effective marginal tax rates which act as a barrier to increasing the participation of women and sole parents in particular in paid work; and

(3)   increase access to affordable childcare, and ensure that the supply and cost of childcare makes childcare available and affordable for sole parents entering the workforce.

I call upon those senators who approve of the proposed discussion to rise in their places.

More than the number of senators required by the standing orders having risen in their places—

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT —I understand that informal arrangements have been made to allocate specific times to each of the speakers in today’s debate. With the concurrence of the Senate, I shall ask the clerks to set the clock accordingly.