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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 7 Hansard (18 June) . . Page.. 2555..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

2001. These are provisions that relate to insurance matters for public passenger vehicles and, as such, encompass a different character of issues than those dealt with under the CTP legislation. For instance, ACTIA insures ACTION buses as part of its public liability and property portfolio. It does not insure them as an offshoot of CTP. It is therefore appropriate to keep insurance for public passenger vehicles a separate issue and permanently place those provisions within their relevant legislation.

The objectives of the new CTP legislation and the finetuning that this bill seeks to do are clear. I would like to thank members of the Assembly for their agreement to and support for this bill and for their contributions to the debate today. I would also like to acknowledge Tom McDonald and his team for the excellent work they do. I support the comments of other members of the Assembly in relation to this.

The reforms to the CTP scheme reflect an ongoing reform process undertaken by this government that focuses on providing improved outcomes for ACT motorists generally and, in particular, all parties who may be involved in a motor accident. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Children and Young People Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 2 April 2009, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.07): The opposition will be supporting this bill. This bill simply clarifies that children and young people can enter into a formal employer-employee relationship in an employment situation. Currently, the Children and Young People Act 2008 provides only that children and young people can enter into a contractual relationship to provide someone with services as an independent contractor without entering into a formal employer-employee relationship. Such a situation was unintended and is properly clarified by this amendment.

A child or a young person entering into an employer-employee relationship would have very different protections and working conditions from an independent contractor simply providing a range of services. Matters of OH&S, industrial relations and pay scales become more certain in formal employment. These are less certain in a contractual arrangement, which can leave a child or young person exposed if they are inexperienced in negotiating service contracts. For the employer it provides more scope for a range of duties that an employee can perform. This is a sensible and worthwhile amendment and the opposition is pleased to support it.


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