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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3095..


MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, when will it be funded, where will it be built, and how many new childcare places will it create?

MS BURCH: Work is progressing, we are making those decisions. It is a cabinet decision, the commitment is there. The election commitment defines south of Canberra, it defines approximately a hundred sites, and that is what we have committed to.

Mr Barr: Places

MS BURCH: A hundred places.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Sesleja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, where in the 2010-11 budget or forward estimates is there provision for a new childcare centre to be built in the south of Canberra?

MS BURCH: Given that we have just delivered in this budget part of our election commitment—we do have the capacity over the next couple of budgets to deliver on the complete commitment; in fact, over-deliver—I think watch this space. Again, it is absent—missing in action—your interest in childcare.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary?

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Given that Mr Smyth's original question was on northside childcare centres, I would like to know from the minister, please, whether—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Let me hear the question first, Mr Smyth.

Mr Smyth: It was not about northern childcare centres; it was about southern childcare centres.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, sit down. I will hear the question and then I will decide whether it is in order.

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. Things have moved on. Given Mr Smyth's preamble around childcare centres, particularly on the northside, I would like to know, please, whether or not the planned solution assisted Gumnut and Alkira childcare centres, which I believe were in difficulty—I would like some information on that—and what was the role that Baringa childcare centre also played in that particular solution?


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