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Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Page: 673

Ms KATE ELLIS (Adelaide) (16:16): Madam Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Ms KATE ELLIS: I do. Sadly there are two different instances. Yesterday the assistant minister and today several backbenchers made the mistake of using the assistant minister's statistics and stated that I was the minister who presided over a 44 per cent increase in the cost of child care during my time in government. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics data, the childcare CPI did indeed rise by 44 per cent, but that was under the last coalition government and I most certainly was not the minister.

The SPEAKER: We are now getting into argument. It is necessary for the member—

Ms KATE ELLIS: I am just saying: I was not the minister in the coalition government when childcare fees increased by 44 per cent. Furthermore, today both the assistant minister and many members opposite stated that I said that childcare fees would only ever increase by 57c per week. I have never said that. All I have done is to quote from independent modelling from Access Economics, which said that that would be increase in the first year, which is long past.

The SPEAKER: I think that went perilously close to debate but, nonetheless, you have made your point.