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Wednesday, 16 October 1974
Page: 1795

Senator Chaney asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education, upon notice:

(1)   Is the Government going to shelve or slow down implementation of its promise to provide for 'latch-key ' children.

(2)   Will the Minister undertake to make urgent inquiries into this matter and provide the Senate with the results of his findings.

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Media) - The Minister for Education has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question.

(1)   and (2) In a Ministerial Statement on 19 September 1974, the Hon. Lionel Bowen, MP, drew attention to the Budget appropriation amounting to $75m that will be set aside in 1974-75 for Australian Government expenditure on childhood services. Mr Bowen 's statement made it clear that the Government had decided to implement an imaginative, innovative and comprehensive program of diversified and integrated services encompassing many of the important aspects of the Government's responsibility.

The Terms of Reference for the Interim Committee for the Children's Commission make it clear that that Committee will work towards the provision of services for children out of school hours as well as children below school age. The Terms of Reference also require that Committee to examine the relative needs of communities in Australia for the provision of integrated, diversified and comprehensive childhood services.

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