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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1589..


That is where this government has let down the people of the ACT. Listen to people like Peter Verwer. The futures of the cities are the futures of this country. The futures of our cities are the future of our productivity. If we do not get it right, we damn ourselves to an inconsequential future, a future that the rest of the world will simply laugh at. In the words of Nugget Coombs, we will be the lucky country run by people who are not up to the job.

Currently, this is the lucky city but it is being run by people who are not up to the job because they are not delivering what the people of the ACT want, which is strong infrastructure, fair taxation and affordable housing. (Time expired.)

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): The time for the discussion has now expired.

Childcare—Holder

Statement by member

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): I seek leave to make a statement in response to the statement made by Minister Burch at the end of question time.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: After question time today, Minister Burch used standing order 46 to claim that she was misrepresented in the debate yesterday when I made mention of the Flynn primary school. Minister Burch quoted from Hansard to highlight that she had told the Assembly the $4 million for the refurbishment of the Flynn primary school building for a childcare centre was part of the government's commitment in the 2008 election to build two childcare centres, one north and one south, for $4 million.

I said in yesterday's debate that I understood the reverse to be the case. I thank Minister Burch for sending me a copy of the Hansard so that I could verify this, and it is the case that what I said yesterday was wrong. My memory failed me. I want to put the record straight on that as quickly as I can.

On the basis of the advice provided by Minister Burch, I withdraw my statement of yesterday that the Flynn refurbishment was in addition to, and therefore not part of, the government's 2008 commitment to build two childcare centres for $4 million.

Minister Burch did not quote all of the stuff from that question. I asked her whether this was part of the $4 million commitment. Minister Burch said in answer to a supplementary question:

It is part of the 2008 election commitments.

I asked another supplementary question:

In that case, minister, you have already spent the $4 million and you have delivered one childcare place. Where are you going to get the money and how much extra money will you provide for the extra childcare centre?


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