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CHILD CARE AND PARENTAL CHOICE

Mrs Elson, pursuant to notice, moved—That the House:

(1) acknowledges the financial sacrifice made by parents, one of whom chooses to care for their children full-time, rather than return to paid employment;

(2) recognises the social and community value of this full-time care, including the reduced burden on Government expenditure;

(3) notes the social pressure on many of today[quot ]s women with young children to remain in paid employment; and

(4) welcomes the Government[quot ]s ongoing commitment to provide real choice for parents by easing the financial pressure on Australian families by (a) continuing low interest rates, (b) the new, fairer tax system and (c) specifically, recognising the value of full-time care by more than doubling of the tax free threshold for single income families with a child under 5 years of age.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.