Tuesday, 24 November 2015
I, and also on behalf of Senators Carol Brown and Siewert, move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) throughout Australia, there are tens of thousands of children being raised by their grandparents,
(ii) these grandparents play a significant role in the lives of the grandchildren for whom they care,
(iii) the circumstances of these grandparents, as well as the grandchildren, entail significant challenges that are severely affecting the quality of life for grandparent-headed families,
(iv) it has been over a year since the Community Affairs References Committee tabled its report, Grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren, on 29 October 2014, and
(v) the Government is yet to respond to the report; and
(b) calls on the Government to respond to the report and its recommendations.
Question agreed to.