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Monday, 16 September 1985
Page: 538


Senator HAINES —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) deplores Australia's poor record of Government funding for child care which, of all the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations, places this nation ahead only of Spain, Portugal and Turkey;

(b) condemns the Government's action in cutting back funding to child care by $30m as announced in the May 1985 Economic Statement; and

(c) calls upon the Government to:

(i) not only reverse its decision forthwith, but also increase funding to child care by the same amount; and

(ii) provide some evidence that it intends to honour its commitment to find 20,000 new places in child care centres.