Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 1 July 2010) . . Page.. 3095 ..
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.
MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, when will it be funded, where will it be built, and how many new childcare places will it create?
MS BURCH: Work is progressing, we are making those decisions. It is a cabinet decision, the commitment is there. The election commitment defines south of Canberra, it defines approximately a hundred sites, and that is what we have committed to.
Mr Barr: Places
MS BURCH: A hundred places.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Sesleja, a supplementary question?
MR SESELJA: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, where in the 2010-11 budget or forward estimates is there provision for a new childcare centre to be built in the south of Canberra?
MS BURCH: Given that we have just delivered in this budget part of our election commitment—we do have the capacity over the next couple of budgets to deliver on the complete commitment; in fact, over-deliver—I think watch this space. Again, it is absent—missing in action—your interest in childcare.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, a supplementary?
MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Given that Mr Smyth’s original question was on northside childcare centres, I would like to know from the minister, please, whether—
Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—
MR SPEAKER: Let me hear the question first, Mr Smyth.
Mr Smyth: It was not about northern childcare centres; it was about southern childcare centres.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, sit down. I will hear the question and then I will decide whether it is in order.
MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. Things have moved on. Given Mr Smyth’s preamble around childcare centres, particularly on the northside, I would like to know, please, whether or not the planned solution assisted Gumnut and Alkira childcare centres, which I believe were in difficulty—I would like some information on that—and what was the role that Baringa childcare centre also played in that particular solution?