Page 92 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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University of Canberra Council Appointment 2013 (No 3)—Disallowable Instrument DI2013-282 (LR, 25 November 2013).

University of Canberra Council Appointment 2013 (No 4)—Disallowable Instrument DI2013-283 (LR, 25 November 2013).

Work Health and Safety Act—Work Health and Safety Amendment Regulation 2013 (No 1)—Subordinate Law SL2013-33 (LR, 20 December 2013).


Petitions which do not conform with the standing orders—

Aerial Capital Group—Taxi driver issues—Ms Gallagher.

Canberra’s sex offender laws and soft sentencing—Ms Gallagher (13,400 signatures).

Ms Burch presented the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15(2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report 2013-2014—First quarter (1 July to 30 September 2013).

Child care—costs

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Lawder): Madam Speaker has received letters from Ms Berry, Dr Bourke, Mr Coe, Mr Gentleman, Mr Hanson, Ms Lawder, Ms Porter, Mr Smyth and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Hanson be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of affordable childcare in the ACT.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.18): Madam Assistant Speaker, I say at the outset what great pleasure it gives me to say that. Welcome to the chair, and I am sure you will do a very credible job in that position. I hope those opposite are not too rowdy for you this afternoon during the debate.

I rise today on this matter of public importance. It is one of the most important financial issues facing Canberra families aside from their rent or their mortgage. In particular, for large families it can be a significant burden. I refer to the importance of affordable child care. It is an issue we have discussed in this place because it is important to Canberra families, and it is an issue that goes to the heart of many of the cost pressures that young and hardworking families in particular face today.

On reflecting on the difficulty faced by so many young families particularly and in doing my research, I discovered that, of course, it is not a new issue. It is certainly not a new issue for debate in this Assembly; it has been discussed many times. I have looked back to consider what has been said in this place before to see what actions have been taken by this government and what improvements or, sadly, reversals of fortune have occurred under the guidance of Minister Burch.

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