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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 372..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

land. One of the schedules I have tabled covers leases granted for the period 1 July 2001 to 30 September 2001. I have also tabled two schedules relating to variations approved and change of use charges for the same period.

Mr Deputy Speaker, at a later date I will table for the benefit of members a copy of a lease granted under disallowable instrument No 228 of 1997 for the direct grant of land for any or all of commercial, residential, industrial and tourism purposes. I am informed that the lease was granted to Stewart Barlen Pty Ltd for block 26 section 37 Fyshwick to enable extension of the existing facilities on block 18 section 37 Fyshwick. The consolidated parcel is now known as block 33 section 37 Fyshwick.

Block 26 is part of an area of land with an electricity easement 45 metres wide. A number of leases back onto this land. The lines and poles have been removed and it is possible for the land to be sold for industrial purposes. The land is being sold at market value. The Australian Valuation Office has determined the value of the land at $174,000.

Workers compensation

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Deputy Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Workers Compensation Act-

Pursuant to section 80A-Actuarial report into the prospective cost of back, neck and pelvic injuries resulting in permanent impairment, under the new workers compensation scheme, dated 14 February 2002.

I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I am pleased to table the actuarial report into the prospective cost of back, neck and pelvic injuries resulting in a permanent impairment under the new workers compensation scheme. The new scheme is scheduled to begin on 1 July this year.

Last August, the Assembly passed the Workers Compensation Amendment Act 2001. The new schedule 1 of the act is a table of compensation rates for permanent injuries, which include a statutory payment for a permanent impairment resulting from an injury to a person's back, neck or pelvis. Section 80A of the act determined that back, neck and pelvis impairments, under schedule 1 of the new act, would be disallowable items.

Section 80A (2) required the government to commission a report from an actuary who has expertise in workers compensation insurance about the actuarial effect of including the disallowable items in schedule 1.


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