Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 July 2010) . . Page.. 3076 ..
Minister, can you confirm that childcare centres in the ACT contemplating an expansion of their facility to accommodate additional places will need to factor into their costings your government’s massive new tax of $10,000 per additional child?
MS BURCH: I thank Mr Seselja for his interest in childcare. I will just take that one on notice.
MR SESELJA: Minister, what has your department done to raise the awareness of childcare centres as to the existence and reach of the government’s massive new tax of $10,000 per additional child?
MS BURCH: My department has regular contact with the childcare providers in the ACT. We do that directly through the regulation unit and we also do it through the children’s services forum, so any bits of information they need to be aware of will be provided.
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary?
MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what modelling has your department undertaken to assess the impact of your government’s massive new $10,000 tax for an additional childcare place on the cost of childcare, and will you table that modelling?
MS BURCH: Given that it is still at the proposal stage, I think we will just leave it there. There has been no study done.
MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, why do you have no idea about this massive new tax on additional childcare places, given the report was released in March this year?
MS BURCH: I have plenty of ideas about those opposite. But in response—
Opposition members interjecting—
MR SPEAKER: Order! Let us hear from the minister.
MS BURCH: I think I have answered that. This is a proposal at the proposal stage and any conversation with the childcare sector does occur both directly through the unit and through the child services forum.
Schools—My School website
MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training and it concerns school league tables and the My School website. Minister, a number of changes to the NAPLAN testing regime and the My School website were considered at the recent ministerial council meeting in Perth. Can you please advise what was