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Title

  • Motions Child Care
  • Motions - Child Care - Parents undertaking study

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Mehreen Faruqi</p>
  • <p>I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The same number of senators voted for and against a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2020-02-27.121.1) introduced by NSW Senator [Mehreen Faruqi](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/nsw/mehreen_faruqi) (Greens), which means it failed.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • >
  • > *(a) notes that:*
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  • >> *(i) it is women who remain disproportionately more likely to arrange childcare and are assessed under the Government's 'activity test' to access childcare support, and*
  • >>
  • >> *(ii) under the government's 'activity test', only parents who undertake approved courses of education or study meet the activity test requirements;*
  • >
  • > *(b) considers that:*
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  • >> *(i) it wrong that parents studying Masters degrees or PhDs that are not approved by the government do not meet the activity test requirements, and*
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  • >> *(ii) this discriminates against women participating in education; and*
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  • > *(c) calls on the Federal Government to extend eligibility for childcare support to all parents undertaking education or study.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) it is women who remain disproportionately more likely to arrange childcare and are assessed under the Government's 'activity test' to access childcare support, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) under the government's 'activity test', only parents who undertake approved courses of education or study meet the activity test requirements;</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) considers that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) it wrong that parents studying Masters degrees or PhDs that are not approved by the government do not meet the activity test requirements, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) this discriminates against women participating in education; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(c) calls on the Federal Government to extend eligibility for childcare support to all parents undertaking education or study.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Jonathon Duniam</p>
  • <p>The childcare subsidy is available to all families where both parents meet the activity test and other eligibility requirements. To satisfy the activity test, a parent can be working, studying, training, volunteering or working in a family business. The study can be any TAFE course and any approved university course and includes bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and PhDs. It also includes contact hours, self-directed hours and travel time. Supporting parents with child care whilst studying master's degrees and PhDs already exists, and it is part of the record investment of $8.6 billion that this government is spending to support families with child care.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>The question is that motion No. 520 be agreed to.</p>