Page 149 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 28 November 2012

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with rates and lowering other taxes to the tune of $350 million a year, how much will it be? $2½ thousand a household in today’s dollars—a tripling of rates in today’s dollars. There it is.

As I say, if there was an honest alternative from this government, one that undermined our case, one that gave comfort to the community that it was not true, that they had nothing to worry about, one that backed up the cup of coffee a week, they put it out there. We have called on them to and at the first hurdle they have refused. The nine votes in this Assembly have been used to hide the truth from the community.

This issue will not go away. It continues to be an issue. It will continue to be an issue. Regardless of this government’s attitude and regardless of the nine votes in this Assembly, we will not stop fighting for those families who have been deceived and who are copping it time and time again from this government. This is an issue that we will continue to pursue with vigour. We will do it with relish because we look forward to representing those forgotten people in outer suburbs in particular who continue to cop it from this Labor-Greens coalition.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Mr Coe

Mr Seselja

Ms Berry

Mr Gentleman

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Wall

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Education—early childhood

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (11.40): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the significant investment by the previous Government in early childhood education and childcare;

(b) that this investment has almost doubled the number of childcare places in the ACT since 2001, following a long period of stagnation;

(c) that over this period there has been a 33% increase in the number of long daycare centres in the ACT;

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