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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4449..


Mr Corbell: It is an implication that you are not upholding the standing orders. It is a direct reflection on the chair. It is grossly disorderly and Mr Hanson should withdraw the comment.

Mr Smyth: A point of order was made and no finding was given.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, as you are well aware, there are ways in which concerns should be addressed to the Speaker. I ask you to use them. Would anybody like to ask a supplementary question?

MRS DUNNE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Minister, given the limitations in the modelling and in the light of your criticism yesterday of the cost-benefit analysis for the national broadband network, do you have confidence that the economic modelling on the cost to parents of the reforms is accurate?

MS BURCH: On the advice I have, yes, I do have confidence. Over the next number of months, there will be field testing here in the ACT where we will go out and test a number of the services against the new standards. That will also provide information to us about what we need to do to support the sector in its transitioning. If Mrs Dunne thinks that that does not provide us information around transitional support costs to what we need to do here in the ACT, then it beggars belief.

This government is committed to quality childcare. Do I have confidence in the modelling that I and every other jurisdiction have signed up to? Yes. Are we testing those assumptions across the childcare sector? That is what we are currently doing. That information feeds into an overview and oversight about what this jurisdiction and other jurisdictions need to do to support the transition to the national quality agenda.

Energy—feed-in tariff

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water. Minister, recently you announced that the ACT government will be significantly expanding the feed-in tariff scheme to include large and medium scale generators.

Members interjecting—

MS PORTER: Can you please outline how this initiative will support the deployment of renewable energy generation and how it will take Canberra one step closer to being Australia's solar capital?

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Before you start, Mr Corbell, one moment. Members, we just had a series of interjections through Ms Porter's question and we then had a series of interjections before Mr Corbell could even open his mouth. The next person who does that will be warned.


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