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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 3911..


Mr Seselja: The minister needs to be directly relevant. We asked about one specific policy change and what the impact of that is. She is avoiding answering that question. If she cannot answer that question, she should sit down. She is not being directly relevant to that question.

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, I—

MS BURCH: It is $1,255—the impact is that families are better off by $1,255, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how much in total will the reduced rebate take out of the pockets of Canberra families in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14?

MS BURCH: I do not have the information going out to 2013 but the information that I have in front of me is that out-of-pocket expenses for childcare have decreased under the Labor government and the cap on the rebate still provides families with a betterment of out-of-pocket expenses for childcare.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, is it true that the change to the cap occurred in 2010, more than 12 months before the Greens gained the balance of power in the Senate?

MS BURCH: It is absolutely true that the announcement was made 12 months ago. It could be 12 months before the Greens gained the balance of power. But it had also been in place a good 12 months before any one of those opposite asked a question.

MR SESELJA: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, what is the projected impact on Canberra families of the reduction in the cap on the childcare rebate?

MS BURCH: Just to satisfy them, I will bring it back for them.

Energy—solar

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Is the minister able to advise the Assembly of the next step in the ACT government's plans to increase solar renewable generation capacity in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question and his interest in this policy area. Members would be aware, Mr Speaker, that we already have significant


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