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Tuesday, 17 September 1996
Page: 3540

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled.

The petition of the undersigned requests that in the interests of maintaining excellence and access to quality child care services for all Australian children and their families:

(1) The Parliament recognise the detrimental economic and social impact on families of all incomes from Budget cuts to Child Care services.

(2) The Parliament recognise the loss of public infrastructure if Community-Based Child Care services are forced to close as a result of the abolition of operational subsidies.

(3) The Parliament recognise the value of the non-profit child care sector in providing high quality, accountable and transparent services to the community.

Your Petitioners request the Senate vote against any legislation that implements 1996 Budget cuts to child care services and the removal of the operational subsidy.

Senator Chris Evans