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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 June 2010) . . Page.. 2895 ..


MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, why will you not acknowledge that you made a misleading statement in the Assembly in May when you said that another 110 childcare places would be provided by the refurbishment at the former Flynn primary school?

MS BURCH: It is strange having a question come from the “Miss Misspeak” of the Assembly herself, who verbalises and misquotes and misrepresents people all over the place. I made a statement last night. I have answered the questions today.

Mrs Dunne: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, a supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Point of order from Mrs Dunne. I will come to you in a minute, Mr Hargreaves.

Mrs Dunne: Ms Burch has attempted to defend herself by attacking others, and in doing so she has behaved in an unparliamentary way—accused me of misleading the Assembly and misrepresenting people in the Assembly—and I think that you should demand that she withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: On the point of order, whilst I think Ms Burch’s comments were entirely unhelpful, I do not believe there is a point of order. Mrs Dunne, if you feel there is a specific accusation that has been levelled at you, I invite you to use standing order 46—

Mrs Dunne: I will review the Hansard and refer it to you before tomorrow morning’s sitting.

MR SPEAKER: We will now proceed to supplementary questions. Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Minister, in the context of the overall increase in childcare places that you have been talking about in the various areas around town, could you please indicate to us, with respect to the Flynn Primary School premises, what feedback you may have had from those particular organisations which are now hoping to relocate to that venue?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his comment. Indeed, I have received a number of—

Mr Seselja: It was a comment, wasn’t it? Not so much a question, more a comment—well spotted.

MS BURCH: Sorry, his question. I have received a number of comments from community groups, and I refer Ms Dunne to the Chronicle and “Childcare providers overjoyed with new home”. Can I go to some of the quotes:

Director of Gumnut Place Child Care Centre, Michelle Smith, said she was overjoyed with the news and believed the families would be happy to move their


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