Labor’s hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Mr Shorten needs to explain why Labor did not provide operational funding for Children and Family Centres but now believes the Coalition Government should.
Labor signed a National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development with the states and territories in 2009, under which 38 Children and Family Centres would be built across the country at a cost of almost $300 million.
Under the agreement, the Commonwealth funded the construction of the centres by the states and territories to support the delivery of early childhood services to vulnerable Indigenous children and their families.
State and territory governments had primary responsibility for the operation of the centres. Labor never provided for ongoing operational funding because it expected the states and territories to look after them.
The centres are available for organisations delivering a range of Commonwealth and state/territory funded services for local communities. In many centres Commonwealth-funded services such as maternal health, childcare and early childhood services are being provided.
At Whittlesea, the Bubup Wilam Children and Family Centre is delivering childcare services which attract Commonwealth supports of Child Care Benefit and Child Care Tax Rebate.
Community organisations seeking to use the centres for the delivery of services can apply for Commonwealth funding through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding round which is currently open until 17 October.
The Indigenous Advancement Strategy provides flexibility to organisations seeking funding to meet the priorities of local communities, rather than the former Government’s one-size-fits-all approach which failed to make any significant headway on most Closing the Gap targets.
This is another example of the blatant hypocrisy of the Labor Party and confirms that Mr Shorten simply cannot be trusted.
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2014-09-10 MR – SCULLION – Bubup Wilam Children and Family Centre.pdf