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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . . Page.. 5283..


MS GALLAGHER: I will take that on notice as well, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary?

MR DOSZPOT: Treasurer—

Mr Hanson: She's not doing very well today.

Ms Gallagher: I don't know what—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Doszpot has the floor.

Mr Hanson: Is your enormous brain not working today?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, Ms Gallagher! Let's not prosecute it across the chamber. Mr Doszpot has the floor.

Ms Gallagher: I am trying not to.

MR DOSZPOT: Treasurer, will the value of assets in the superannuation provision account balance the value of liabilities by 2030?

MS GALLAGHER: It is under review by the government. As I said on Tuesday or Wednesday, this is something that the government considers in each budget. If we need to up our investment in the superannuation account in order to meet our target then those are decisions that budget cabinet will take.

Childcare—costs

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the minister for women. Minister, yesterday, when asked what impact increasing childcare fees would have on the workforce participation rate in the ACT, particularly for women, you said:

... there is no evidence to suggest that the provision of accessible, quality childcare excludes women from the workforce.

Minister, if the price of accessible, quality childcare rises, will that force parents, particularly women, from the workforce?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Dunne for her ongoing interest in childcare and women's participation in the workforce. As I said yesterday, I am not aware of any evidence or claims that access to quality and affordable accommodation excludes women from the workforce.

The other figure that Ms Dunne brought to the chamber yesterday was a CPI increase of six per cent in childcare costs. I did go to have a look at that report, Ms Dunne, so thank you for drawing it to my attention. Since November 2007, can I say that the cost of childcare actually decreased by seven per cent. And from March 1996 to November


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