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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2568..


(2) It is not true that diesel is, on average, cheaper than petrol outside Canberra. According to the Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP), the national average price of diesel for the week ending 19 August 2007 was 130.8 cents per litre, compared with 121.6 cents per litre for petrol. In Sydney diesel is 11.2 cents per litre more expensive than petrol, and in Canberra diesel is 10.3 cents per litre more than petrol, according to the AIP, for the week ending 19 August 2007.

At points in time diesel may be cheaper than petrol as petrol is subject to a price cycle with much larger movements than diesel. At the high point in the petrol cycle, diesel may be cheaper than petrol. Diesel is subject to less aggressive competition than petrol and so the price of diesel is more stable. According to the ACCC, Canberra does not experience regular price cycles. This means that diesel is consistently more expensive than petrol.

The Government neither controls nor sets the price of petrol or diesel.

Canberra Hospital—breastfeeding facilities

(Question No 1645)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 22 August 2007:

What facilities are there for staff working at The Canberra Hospital to allow them to breastfeed their infants during working hours.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

There is a breastfeeding room equipped with a clean refrigerator, sink and comfortable chair available on Level 2 of Building 11 at The Canberra Hospital for staff wishing to breastfeed or express breast milk. A key for this room and access information is available on request from the Postnatal Ward. Staff can access a breast pump and lactation consultant on site.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association recently awarded ACT Health accreditation as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.

Gungahlin secondary college

(Question No 1650)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 22 August 2007:

Can the Minister advise when (a) construction will commence, (b) construction will be completed and (c) the first Year 11 classes will operate, at the Gungahlin Secondary College.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(a) The schedule provides for construction to commence in July 2008. This commencement date is subject to the planning approval processes.


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