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Wednesday, 24 November 1993
Page: 3600


Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women) (7.10 p.m.) —Yes, that is what I said and that is what this legislation means. What we realise and what we want to recognise in this legislation is that the care of children is being provided for in a variety of families and that the person who has responsibility for the care of children may be in a variety of those different groupings. This legislation does not want to say that children who are living in a household where two adults of the same sex are essentially responsible for running that household should be excluded from having access to the cash rebate.

  Sometimes, following a marriage breakdown, people move to that sort of relationship and they have care and custody of a child, if not full time then part time. The legislation allows those parents to have a claim against the cash rebate. We felt it was very important not to define a category of children who would then be ineligible for the cash rebate.