Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (13 August) . .
Mr Doszpot has been saying that the federal government clearly understands the importance of preschool learning for children. The draft Productivity Commission report is out. It is appropriate for this government to seek certainty about its funding future. But as usual the Liberals want us to sit on our hands and do nothing. That is the Liberals plan. The question is, Mr Doszpot: if the federal government knows that preschool is so effective at giving children a good start, at giving them a good education, then why not provide certainty for families? Why will they not commit to continue funding so that families can access 15 hours of free preschool education a week?
On the matter of a one-year extension of funding, it is already August, Mr Doszpot. Families are already enrolling children in preschool. Where is the money for that? Sussan Ley is holding families to ransom. She will not release the report. She will not release the funding. Why is she holding back?
If Mr Doszpot is so much in the know, perhaps he could enlighten us. But I do not think he can. He has got nothing to contribute to the debate around universal access for preschool education in the ACT. All he has to offer are slights, attacks and insults and, as usual, no plan for education in the ACT at any level. I commend the motion to the Assembly.
Motion agreed to.
ACT public service—office accommodation
MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.45): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that:
(a) in 2011, the ACT Labor Government announced plans to build a $432 million government office block in the city;
(b) the plan received significant criticism and the Government was unable to demonstrate the business case for the proposed development;
(c) in 2012, the ACT Government scrapped its plan to build the office block;
(d) in January 2014 the ACT Government released a Whole of Government Accommodation Strategy;
(e) the 2014 strategy recommends the Government develop a new Civic office hub of between 38 000 and 43 000 square metres net lettable area;
(f) in July 2014, the ACT Government released a registration of interest (ROI) process for the leasing of approximately 40 000 square metres of office accommodation in Civic;
(g) the ROI offers three options:
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