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Thursday, 11 May 1989
Page: 2234


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

That the Senate-

(a) deplores the intimidatory tactics employed by the Office of Child Care which is carrying out spot audits against local councils in Victoria which have expressed public opposition to the new draconian and inappropriate fee relief assessment process;

(b) calls on the Government to order that the raids by departmental officers on councils cease forthwith; and

(c) that immediate and urgent discussions be held with our partners in Government at the local level with a view to resolving the crisis in the child care fee relief funding program