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Senator Kate Lundy

Shadow Minister for Sport and Youth Affairs

Shadow Minister Assisting on Information Technology

Senator for the Australian Capital Territory





Childcare still hurting


Two years on from Red Flower Day, Senator Kat e Lundy today announced that Child Care organisations Australia-wide are, more than ever, feeling the effects of over

$850 million of Budget cuts.


“The need for Child Care organisations to tighten their belts has all but led to the suffocation of services. Child Carers are no longer able to be as flexible and responsive as they want to be.


It is increasingly difficult to budget and provide staff for varying numbers of children from day to day, as parents take up alternative means of child care. It is also more and more difficult to deal with children with special needs on limited resources.” Senator Lundy said.


In a launch at Parliament House of a renewed campaign against these cuts, Senator Lundy was joined by representatives from Child Care organisations around the ACT, and members of the LHMU.


“We are seeing Child Care Centres in a state of crisis, and in the difficult position of not wanting to increase fees less children suffer from the ensuing lack of appropriate, affordable child care.” Senator Lundy said.


“Labor is continuing its campaign to make the Government see that their cuts to funding are causing great pain to Child Care centres, parents and children across the country.”


Postcards demanding that the Prime Minister reverse the tide against child care funding were launched at the protest. Campaigners were invited to fill in the postcards and send them to the Prime Minister to highlight the increased and prolonged effects his Government’s cuts are having in the child care industry.



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