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Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Page: 7459


Senator MOORE (Queensland) (15:38): I, and also on behalf of Senator Siewert, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) National Carers Week 2015 will run from Sunday, 11 October, until Saturday, 17 October, to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation,

(ii) carers in Australia make an enormous contribution to our communities and our national economy,

(iii) in 2015, it is estimated that nearly 2.9 million Australians will provide more than 1.9 billion hours of informal care and unpaid care, and

(iv) the replacement value of informal care would be $60.3 billion, equivalent to 3.8 per cent of gross domestic product and 60 per cent of the health and social work industry; and

(b) congratulates Carers Australia for its strong advocacy and support for those providing care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, and alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail and aged.

Question agreed to.