Page 626 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 22 February 2012

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MR SMYTH: Minister, was the Enlighten event given hallmark status? If not, why not?



MS HUNTER: Minister, what steps have been taken to tap into the tourism potential of Tharwa, Hall and Pialligo?

MR BARR: The 2012 Canberra Capital Region Visitors Guide promotes these regions. Information is available through the Canberra and region visitors centre and a number of online promotions that are available on the visit Canberra website.

MS HUNTER: Minister, what coordination has there been with the planning authority to ensure that the master plans developed for these villages take into account their tourism potential?

MR BARR: The agencies are certainly working together on that.

Personal explanation

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Is it in regard to the minister’s earlier comments?

MRS DUNNE: It is in regard to the comments made by Ms Burch during question time.

MR SPEAKER: You have leave, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Ms Burch said in question time that I had made some—

MR SPEAKER: False claims?

MRS DUNNE: false claims—thank you; they are the words—the other day in relation to the ROGS data. It turns out that what she was referring to was a question asked by Mr Seselja last week that said:

… the Productivity Commission’s report on government services revealed that the cost of childcare in the ACT was $60 above the national average.

That was the situation in the last ROGS report. He went on to note that in the most recent ROGS report this has soared to $75 above the national average, an increase of 25 per cent. In anyone’s terms, an increase from $60 to $75 is an increase of 25 per cent. That is in the median weekly service cost for childcare in the ACT.

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