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Child Care Confederation confirms support for Work for the Dole.

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Media Release

Minister for Employment Services

The Hon Tony Abbott MP

24 February 1999





Minister for Employment Services, the Hon Tony Abbott MP has today welcomed comments from the Australian Confederation of Child Care (ACCC) supporting Work for the Dole in childcare centres.


In a press statement released earlier today the Confederation’s Executive Committee Member, Mrs Frances Bardetta said, “sharing wonderful experiences with trainees selected from long term unemployed young people will benefit everybody”.


“The ACCC’s support confirms that the Miscellaneous Workers Union (MWU) campaign is just a cheap smear run in tandem with the ALP,” Mr Abbott said..


Work for the Dole participants in childcare centres will all be volunteers who have been interviewed by the centre directors and checked by the police. They will receive training and will not be left alone unsupervised with children.


“The participants will be in addition to the staff that centres must provide under existing industry guide lines. It should also be stressed that the participants are all working in childcare centres, not private homes.”


“Using the recent ‘nanny killer’ publicity to promote the union’s industrial and political agenda is really crass,” Mr Abbott said.


“Under the former Government’s Working Nation, literally hundreds of unqualified people were placed in childcare centres. The Miscellaneous Workers Union (MWU) did not complain then and it should not complain now.”


“These young employed people are gaining new skills, a work ethic and an employment culture while helping their community. Labor should stop playing political football with Work for the Dole participants, “Mr Abbott said.


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