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Monday, 29 February 2016
Page: 1315

Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (15:52): I move:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes that:

(i)   after in-depth discussions with over a thousand young people and a national survey of 5,400 young people, the final report of the Australian Child Wellbeing Project found that of young people in years 4, 6 and 8:

   (A)   between 20 and 25 per cent worry that someone close to them will not have enough to eat,

   (B)   10 to 20 per cent sometimes go to bed hungry because there is not enough food at home, and

   (C)   more than 2 per cent often or always go to bed hungry, and

(ii)   the Australian Council of Social Service estimates that 17.7 per cent of children live below the poverty line; and

(b) calls on the Australian Government to adopt a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy, including measures to combat child poverty.