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providers were supported under the federal government’s community support program. Unfortunately no ACT providers were eligible for this program.
Further, this program has been axed. Had you done a simple Google search, you would have seen that the eligibility changes to this program in July mean that no ACT providers are eligible. Indeed, the program will cease to exist in its entirety in July next year. The federal minister, Scott Morrison, issued a press release on that very fact in May this year announcing that the scheme would be wound down. A bit of a blunder, one would suggest. Either you do not know your work or you just do not pay attention.
Mr Coe: You are one to talk about blunders, aren’t you, Joy?
MS BURCH: This was a bit of a grand one for Ms Lawder, who came in with an amendment that was fundamentally flawed. We know what Ms Lawder thinks about access to quality care, because last year she compared child care to buying a Ferrari when she said:
You do not get to make those choices when you cannot afford it.
Question resolved in the affirmative.