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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 231..

MRS DUNNE (continuing):

the people of my electorate, the people of Ms Hunter's electorate, and the Greens squibbed it. If we get to the stage where people start leaving Gumnut childcare centre and, as Mr Coe said, the staff start getting poached, it will not be the fault of the Gumnut childcare centre, it will be the fault of Andrew Barr and Joy Burch and Meredith Hunter and her Green colleagues.

This is a very sad day for the people of the ACT who were looking for certainty in their childcare centre. We are looking for certainty in the childcare centre. Ms Burch, you were being asked to provide the children who go to Gumnut childcare centre with certainty; as much certainty as you are proposing to provide to children who may go to Evatt preschool in the future. We do not know whether they will and we do not know whether that is the only accommodation solution for children who may go to Evatt preschool. But there are 80 real children who today, this week, go to Gumnut childcare centre, and you are not prepared to guarantee them a future.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 5.57 to 7.30 pm.

Islamic library services

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (7.30): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises:

(a) the importance of:

(i) encouraging and promoting a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Islamic culture and history amongst the people of the ACT; and

(ii) providing safe, open, tolerant and accessible spaces in Canberra where people can investigate and practise Islamic culture freely and openly;

(b) efforts in the community towards establishing an Islamic library resource in Canberra; and

(c) that this resource has the largest, most diverse and broadly representative collection in Australia of Islamic texts and other material; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) provide assistance to the Islamic library in cataloguing its texts and materials;

(b) investigate methods of providing or sourcing support to assist in the Islamic library's establishment; and

(c) report back to the Assembly by the last sitting day in August 2010.

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