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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3922..


SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDER 76

Motion (by Mr Moore ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That standing order 76 be suspended for the remainder of the sitting.

PUBLIC SECTOR LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2000

Debate resumed from 30 November 2000, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR BERRY (9.43): Labor will be supporting the Public Sector Legislation Amendment Bill 2000. This bill reinstates access to appropriate appeal mechanisms which would have been taken away if the sunset clause, which had been inserted some time ago, was allowed to expire. We will therefore be supporting the bill.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, Attorney - General and Treasurer) (9.44), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill, which is essentially about extending beyond 31 December this year the application of the Commonwealth merit protection review arrangements to ACT public servants. Given that alternative arrangements are not yet in place, it is quite appropriate and necessary to ensure that that occurs. I thank members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

HEALTH LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 2000

Debate resumed from 30 November 2000, on motion by Mr Moore:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WOOD (9.45): The opposition will be supporting the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2000. The bill provides that a non - dental person may be appointed to the Dental Board. In principle it is sensible that on all such professional boards there be at least one person who is not a member of that profession. This has happened before and I think all boards should accept such an arrangement.

In this case the Dental Board has experienced protracted difficulty in attempting to deal with one of its members and legal intervention and other matters have made this a long running problem. I am advised that the appointment of a lawyer to the board will help


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