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Vanstone fails to deliver on childcare.

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Monday, 4 August 2003

Vanstone fails to deliver on childcare

‘John Howard’s solution to the paid maternity leave debate is a failure and Minister Vanstones systems of family payments do nothing to address the real needs of Australia’s families,’ said Senator Collins today.

Minister Vanstone has finally agreed with Labor that the baby bonus is a flop, and she has acknowledged that families need access to childcare. Yet it is Minister Vanstone who presides over chronic shortages in the number of childcare places.

Not only has Minister Vanstone failed to release more childcare places, but she has withdrawn from any national planning role for long day care places. She has presided over a cap on family day care and out side school hours care places when demand for places has increased significantly.

In Family Day Care there is a national unmet demand of more than 2500 places.

Victoria 130

Tasmania 105

Queensland 1201

South Australia 316 Western Australia 146 New South Wales 663 Total 2561

Further, John Howard blames the States for the crisis in outside school hours care but his government’s cap on funded places has influenced a 28 000 shortage in Outside School Hour Care places.

‘This Government has failed Australian families. It has failed because it has not delivered fair and reasonable family assistance and it has failed to provide enough quality social capital such as childcare.’ Said Senator Collins

Inquires: Jacinta Collins 0418 991 757

Lizzie Blandthorn 0407 689 244

Unit 6, 410 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South Phone (03) 9800 2055 Fax (03) 9800 2421 Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 Phone (02) 6277 5880 Fax (02) 6277 5886