Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Labor needs to spell out detail of child care centre plans

"Now that Labor has finally named the site of one of its proposed 260 new child care centres on school grounds, it’s time for Labor to detail their plans," Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, said today.

"Last night, as a result of my prompting during debate in the House, Jenny Macklin finally named one site of a new centre – Beaconsfield in Tasmania.

"Now she’s spilled the beans, she needs to answer the following questions:

Who will run it?

Who will pay for it?

Has the Tasmanian Government agreed to locate it on school grounds?

How many places will it cater for?

How many babies will it cater for?

"If Ms Macklin can’t answer these questions fully and immediately her policy will be exposed for exactly what it is – policy on the run with no substance.

"Why can’t Ms Macklin name the other 259 sites?

"Existing operators, including council run and community and private child care centres as well as Family Day Care schemes have a right to know where Labor proposes to operate in competition against them."