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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 4214..


MR CORNWELL (11.12): The opposition will also agree to this piece of legislation. Again, it is a tidying-up matter. As I pointed out to my colleagues, if we did not have anyone nominated to either remove people from or refuse them entry to the Assembly precinct-namely, the Serjeant-at-Arms and the principal attendant-presumably, the job would fall to the Speaker himself. That might create some difficulties if he was in the chair at the time. It is a sensible amendment and I commend it to the house.

MR BERRY (11.13), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill and I concede, Mr Cornwell, that I am a far better runner than I am a wrestler. It is wiser to have the power of delegation, should this course of action be required, than to be on the spot.

I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Long service leave portability

MS MacDONALD (11.14): I move:

That the Assembly:

recognises the disparities in provision of long service leave in the ACT between different industries;

also recognises that the ACT Long Service Leave Act provides pro-rata long service leave at seven (7) years, whereas pro-rata long service leave is provided at five (5) years in NSW;

calls on the ACT Government to investigate implementing a consistent model for provision of Long Service Leave for all ACT Workers that takes into account:

the disparities between different industries;

that some industries within the ACT have portable long service leave;

the differential between pro-rata long service leave in the ACT and NSW, recognising the important role that ACT employment practices play in relation to the Australian capital region;

the impact of female earnings caused by the lack of wide scale access to portable long service leave;

the possibility of portable long service leave for Territory workers;

calls on the ACT Government to reject the underlying proposition put forward by the Cole Royal Commission in relation to construction industry long service leave.


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