Senate debates

Monday, 1 September 2014


Child Care

3:34 pm

Photo of Rachel SiewertRachel Siewert (WA, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) the support Family and Early Learning Centres provide to children and families around Australia, and

(ii) the contribution of these centres to closing the gap on early childhood learning outcomes;

(b) notes:

(i) the funding for these centres ceased with the expiry of the Council of Australian Governments' National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development on 30 June 2014, and

(ii) that centres are having to suspend services and not renew contracts with staff as a result of funding uncertainty; and

(c) calls on the Federal Government to guarantee funding for these important centres now and into the future.

Question agreed to.