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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (29 February) . . Page.. 502..


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (3.32): I am not sure what the motion is, Mr Speaker, but I will speak to it anyway. As far as my office and officers who work to me are concerned - Mr Berry scarpers off, as usual - nobody I am aware of in my department or certainly in my office has instructed anybody else to break the picket line. I accept that, if a worker has a concern about crossing a picket line, it would be quite wrong to force that person to do so. However, I know of plenty of workers in the ACT administration, including workers in my office and in my department, who have been very willing to continue to do their job for this Government and for the people of the ACT and cross that line. I make no apologies for those people. They are doing their job. They are upholding their right to move freely around the Territory and to perform the duties they are responsible for as employees of the administration. Mr Berry pretends that workers are responsible for nothing because they have been forced to do this. The workers have done so through their own choice. In every case that I know of they have done so through their own choice, and I support their right to do that without hindrance.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

PAPER

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Department of Health and Community Care activity report for the December quarter 1995.

PAPER

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to present a petition which does not conform with standing orders as it does not address the Assembly, nor does it contain a request.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: I present an out-of-order petition from 637 residents, stating that they have never, or not yet, given Julie Smith, Mark Dunstone, Stan Cronin or Lyn Davey the right or permission to speak or take any political action on their behalf concerning the ACT or the suburb of Watson, with particular reference to the Watson Community Association and the Northside Community Association.


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