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Wednesday, 24 August 2011
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Senator NASH (New South WalesDeputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (10:45): I have a couple of final questions. I would say that many people are having difficulty accepting the 57c a week figure that you are putting forward when other modelling is showing it is $12 to $22. There is a huge discrepancy between those two things. Perhaps the minister could provide to the chamber exactly the modelling that is used to get that 57c. I am assuming that it was the Access Economics modelling. I would say that there is still a great deal of concern around the fact that other modelling is showing that it is $12 to $22 a week.

Parliamentary Secretary, you have referred numerous times to the fact that the 1 to 4 ratio has been introduced already in New South Wales with little impact. My final question is this: isn't it quite likely the case that it has had little impact, in your view, in those centres because rather than going to the expense of putting on extra staff they have simply cut their childcare places and not incurred the expense that way?