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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (28 November) . . Page.. 163..

the cost would go to parents. By the ACT government having these scholarships in place and putting more scholarships in place to improve educational outcomes for our children, to provide that high quality care, the cost is being borne by the government, not the sector.

I also want to draw to Mr Hanson's attention that Holder's application has been lodged and it has been approved. I have to say, Madam Speaker, I am disappointed but not surprised that the opposition will not support this motion. One other initiative that the ACT government has brought together for the early childhood sector in recognising the important work that educators do in our community is by implementing the community service portable long service leave scheme. It is something that also is a small thing but it goes a long way to recognising the important work that educators do in our community.

I am hoping that in my work here in this place I will be able to help the Canberra Liberals to understand the important work that early childhood educators do in our community. I would like to ask for their support today for my motion and to show their support publicly for the work that early childhood educators do.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Mr Seselja Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.27 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education): I advise members that the Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development will not be here during question time. I will take questions on his behalf in his absence.

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