Page 5700 - Week 15 - Thursday, 10 December 2009

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Mr Stanhope: Did you ever get that job as a bouncer, Mrs Dunne?

Mr Hanson: On a point of order: that’s a misogynistic comment, Mr Speaker. I ask that Mr Stanhope withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Burch has the floor—

MS BURCH: If indeed there are changes required—

Members interjecting—

MS BURCH: With all the distraction I have forgotten the question. It was around legislation change.

Mrs Dunne: I would like to assist Ms Burch because I think it is an important question.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Stop the clock, Clerk. Mrs Dunne, ask the question again, please.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what legislative changes will be required in the ACT to implement any new framework and will you commit to tabling a regulatory impact statement when you table any legislation?

MS BURCH: Should legislation be required, should we undertake an impact statement, yes, I will bring it back to the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Minister, what consultation will the government undertake in any development of new legislation relating to the childcare industry, and will the minister provide a guarantee to the Assembly that this consultation will be consistent with the ACT government community engagement manual?

MS BURCH: Thank you for the question. Indeed, in the development of COAG, there has been extensive consultation—

Mr Barr: Including ones held in the ACT, but none of you bothered to go.

MS BURCH: No. Indeed, I understand that 1,700 people attended a public consultation session, 340 written submissions were made and 3,000 responses to online surveys were received. So consultation has occurred. As the new agenda comes in—this is around providing quality and safety in our workplaces for our children—we will continue to have a conversation with Canberra families.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

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