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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1113..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

awards, and in particular the assessment of development applications for proposed works in heritage places.

Margaret cast her net wide. I table the service of thanksgiving. It says:

To attempt to record the extent of Margaret's involvement in the wider community is impossible, for she did so much behind the scenes. She had views on everything from girl guides to gardens, hospital-food to how Scripture should be read in church. She felt so strongly about the latter that she wrote a book to instruct Lectors on how best to approach their tasks.

I present the following paper:

Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Margaret Janet Hendry OAM-11 May 1930-20 March 2001.

The ACT is the lesser for her passing. She was a wonderful member of council. She was an advocate in landscape design for almost 40 years. The thanksgiving document also says:

Over the years, Margaret was an active member and President of the Soroptimist Club in Canberra; President of the NSW Division of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs; a member of the Women's Advisory Board to the NSW Government and under Premiers Lewis & Wran she worked hard to improve the status and dignity of women and lobbied for many issues from equal pay for women to equal legal rights for step-children.

She was a great women and somebody that we should always remember in this place.

Members staff-log of claims

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (10.21): Mr Speaker, for the record, I would like to clarify some remarks made by the Chief Minister in question time today in answer to a question from Mrs Burke. The question, the nature of which I do not entirely remember, was designed to allow the Chief Minister to rail against an ambit claim made by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance on behalf of members of staff in this place. It seemed to be significant to Mrs Burke and the Chief Minister that the ACT secretary of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is a member of my staff. As I understand it, the purpose of the question was to seek to embarrass me or the Labor Party as a result of a log of claims lodged by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance on behalf of members of staff of the Assembly, on the basis that the secretary of that union is on my staff. I regard it as quite an appalling political gesture by the Liberal Party to seek to attack me as a politician through my staff.

The Chief Minister, in his answer, also misunderstood entirely the nature of industrial claims and ambit claims. There is a very recent High Court decision on the nature of logs of claim and ambit claims. For the sake of the record, I would like to inform members about the nature of ambit claims in industrial relations these days. In case No B 2 of 1996 the full court of the High Court handed down its decision on 5 August 1997 clarified. The Chief Minister perhaps needs to understand and reflect on this decision. He obviously was not aware of it when he sought to answer the question today. The decision


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