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PM Must Resolve Childcare Crisis.



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Jacinta Collins LABOR SENATOR FOR VICTORIA SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Tuesday, 2 December 2003

PM Must Resolve Childcare Crisis

The Prime Minister falsely claimed in Question Time today that under his Government the number of childcare places had increased. The Prime Minister also wrongly suggested that he had improved the accessibility and quality of children’s services.

Since 1998, the Howard Government has cut the number of centre based long day care places in Australia.

There is now a national shortage of 28 000 outside school hours care places and 2500 places in family day care.

Also, the cost of childcare has increased. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that the price of childcare has gone up by a massive 33% since September 2000, after John Howard introduced the GST.

Indeed the Prime Minister has already admitted that “the childcare system is not perfect” and that the “Government is looking at what needs to be done to allow the system to respond more effectively to demand”.

The system is at absolute crisis point. Tens of thousands of working families can’t access quality, affordable childcare. The Government must not continue to patronise families and the sector with hollow words. They have to act now to ease the pain afflicting Australian families.

The Prime Minister must force his Minister for Children and Youth, Larry Anthony, to deliver a national framework and strategy for the delivery of children’s services.

Inquiries: Lizzie Blandthorn 0407 689 244 Jacinta Collins 02 6277 5880

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