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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4473..


Questions without notice taken on notice

Childcare—rebate

Ms Burch (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Seselja on Thursday, 25 August 2011): I would like to inform the Assembly:

The Australian Government have advised that 95 per cent of Australian families using childcare will not be affected by the change to the Child Care Rebate. Less than 1 per cent of families who earn less than $100,000 per year will be impacted.

The Child Care Rebate pays up to 50 per cent of out of pocket expenses per child, per year up to an annual cap of $7,500. This is not means tested.

In the ACT over 14,000 families receive the Child Care Rebate and according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics the average income in the ACT is $79,000.

Australian Government subsidies have reduced the cost of child care, with a family earning $75,000 using only 7 per cent of their disposable income after subsidies compared to using 13 per cent of disposable income in 2004.

Environment—recycling bins

Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Tuesday, 20 September 2011): The signage for the recycling bins to be installed in the City Centre will be similar to the attached, A3 in size, with large easy to read lettering and pictures of recyclable items, against a yellow background.

Transport—eastern regional task force

Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Hunter on Thursday, 25 August 2011): The NSW Minister for Transport, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian has confirmed her commitment to the continuation of the Taskforce. The Taskforce was previously chaired by Gary Byles, Director General of the TAMS Directorate. As transport planning now rests with Environment and Sustainable Development I have appointed David Papps, Director General of that Directorate, as Chair of the Taskforce.

The Taskforce will continue to meet to progress a range of cross border matters relating to the integration of transport services, planning and infrastructure.

Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Bresnan on Thursday, 25 August 2011): Both Deanes and ACTION operate school runs in the ACT. There is no proposal to change current operations. There is no current proposal for ACTION to provide Queanbeyan city services.

Mr Corbell (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Le Couteur on Thursday, 25 August 2011): The locality of Beard is adjacent to the interim northern bypass route, which was upgraded in recent years to provide an alternative route for heavy vehicles moving between the Queanbeyan east and west industrial areas. The route is via Yass Road, Pialligo Avenue, Oaks Estate Road, Railway Street and Norse Road to


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