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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (17 September) . .

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Ms Lawder in her amendment also calls on the ACT government "to investigate and recommend practical steps to reduce the costs of family day care". Service No 1 will have a combined loss of over $330,000. Where does Ms Lawder think that funding is going to come from for that service provision to be maintained—possibly shifted to families, because her federal counterparts are absolutely diminishing family day care provisions here in the ACT?

I think that is an appalling outcome. Ms Lawder came in here today and I was surprised that she only spoke to her amendment for about three minutes. She did not speak to the first half of her amendment but went straight to "calls on the ACT government". I think she actually sat there and read it and realised what a nonsense it was; that the nannies that she is promoting will see, according to Family Day Care Australia, a net loss of places, with no quality control and no quality of education and care for the families and the children involved. She has also drawn our attention to the community support program which our local providers are not eligible for.

Well done, Ms Lawder. Well done, Canberra Liberals. It is not how we will support Canberra families over here. We will not wait for their federal counterparts to sign a national agreement. We will make that guarantee and commitment ourselves because we value quality care, we value our Canberra families and we will provide for them 15 hours of free preschool in all our government preschools.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6: Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 7: Mr Barr Ms Berry Ms Burch Mr Corbell Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion agreed to.

Crimes (Child Sex Offenders) Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 13 August 2015, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.07): The Canberra Liberals will support this bill in principle. The proposed changes are reasonable and aimed to tighten up child sex offender reporting and child sex register compliance


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