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Tuesday, 15 October 1996
Page: 4161

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

The Petition of the undersigned shows we believe:

1. The Coalition's decision to means test the Childcare Cash Rebate discriminates against working parents and is a clear breach of a pre-election promise, where the Coalition's Policy clearly stated "We are committed to maintaining a non means tested Childcare Cash Rebate. . . We will maintain the current system of Childcare Assistance";

2. The Coalition's decision to abolish operational subsidies for community based long day care centres, will result in the centres having to charge higher fees, which will again discriminate against working parents; and

3. The Coalition's proposed changes to the income test for Childcare Assistance will mean that the majority of parents pay far more for Childcare than the Family Tax Initiative.

Your Petitioners request that the Senate should:

1. Seriously consider voting against Legislation that is to the detriment of Australian families;

2. Exert pressure on Members of the Coalition to reverse outcomes of the 1996 Federal Budget in relation to Childcare; and

3. Attempt to hold Members of the Coalition to their pre-election commitment regarding Childcare.