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Greens to move for long overdue inquiry into childcare funding

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Sarah Hanson-Young 12 Mar 2013


The Greens will continue their push for a much needed inquiry into the childcare sector tomorrow, calling on the Senate to order the Productivity Commission to produce a report on the best way of funding childcare in Australia.

The Senate passed a Greens motion calling on the government to establish a Productivity Commission inquiry into the sector in May of last year and it is well beyond time for that investigation to begin, the Greens say.

“Our childcare system is at a crisis point,” the Greens childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“The Labor Government can't continue to pretend that nothing needs to be done, the sector needs proper funding reform if it is to lift quality standards and meet the needs of families.

“Cost of living pressures on Australian families are rising and childcare is one of the biggest contributors.

“We need an overhaul of the childcare funding regime so that every Australian family has access to affordable, flexible, high quality care.

“The Greens want to see the government directly funding childcare centres to keep parents' out-of-pocket expenses down. 

“The Productivity Commission is well placed to assess how to get the best bang for the government’s buck.

“The Coalition has also agreed to support a Productivity Commission inquiry and this is a chance to put those words into action by actually making it happen.”

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