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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3175..


MR MULCAHY (continuing):

like that slide through and not be noticed, and I thought that it was a pretty ordinary effort to trot out a speech delivered only a month ago. I am very pleased that members of the government also confirm that they had realised what was going on.

Our position will be to oppose this bill because of the concerns we have that I have outlined. I do not intend to repeat all those arguments, but I think it is regrettable. Certainly, the government's position does not sit very comfortably with their so-called human rights position when it comes to these sorts of legislative remedies.

Question put:

That the remainder of the bill as a whole be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Mr Gentleman

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mr Seselja

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Remainder of bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Canberra Institute of Technology Amendment Bill 2007

Debate resumed from 27 September 2007, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.19): Mr Deputy Speaker, the opposition will be supporting this bill. This bill will change industry representation on the CIT Advisory Council. This council advises the minister on a range of matters related to the activities of the CIT. A critical issue for training institutions such as the CIT, particularly at present with the emerging skills shortages in many areas, is to be able to train people in skills that are required by industry. Institutions such as the CIT must be both relevant and responsive to industry needs. To this end, it is not only sensible but essential that the best possible council be appointed to provide advice to the minister.

This bill will change the makeup of the council, but not the size of the council. It will change from having only one person explicitly representing industry to having seven people representing different industries or sectors. This is a sound move, and we support it wholeheartedly. I would note that in supporting the strengthening of the CIT Advisory Council this also will equip the council to provide both the minister and senior management of the CIT with more appropriate advice on a range of training issues that affect industry. This increased flexibility in appointing people to the


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