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15    Family Issues— Foster Care Week

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senator McAllister and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1055—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       9 to 15 September 2018 is Foster Care Week,

                                    (ii)       there is a shortage of foster carers nationally, with over 40,000 children in the out-of-home care system nationwide, and

                                  (iii)       Foster Care Week is an opportunity to recognise the work of foster carers and the difference they make in the lives of vulnerable children and young people;

               (b)       commends the work of foster carers around Australia in keeping children and young people safe; and

                (c)       urges members of the Australian public to consider becoming a foster carer if they wish to have an impact on the lives of children and young people at risk.

Question put and passed.