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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 2 Hansard (24 February) . . Page.. 652..


MR HANSON (continuing):

I will make a quick note of the Greens' position on this. I am disappointed. The Greens in their position have talked about scrutiny, have talked about accountability, have talked about third party insurance. This, again, was an opportunity to make sure that scrutiny of such an important area in our health system was adequate. They have failed the test again. And rather than embrace a process of scrutiny, of accountability, at the most rigorous levels, they have again squibbed it.

Again, I find this matter a bit like the refusal to send the Calvary matter to the A-G or to have consultation on it; the refusal to support Mrs Dunne's privilege motion or to have on the committee someone who has not already signed off on the estimates review; to support my further review of the TB fiasco that occurred; or to support my full review of prison costs. These are the sorts of accountability measures that our community expect. Again, it is very disappointing that the Greens today have not supported my call for a full inquiry.

Members, I thank you for your contributions. I am disappointed that we do not have the full result but I look forward to working with the minister to make sure any review that is conducted is full and proper. (Time expired.)

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Women—equity of remuneration

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (5.15): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that 8 March 2010 is International Women's Day;

(b) the continuing gender inequality in our community;

(c) that ensuring pay equality is essential in achieving economic independence for women and reducing inequality;

(d) that women constitute more than 80% of workers in the community services sector; and

(e) that the Federal Labor Government will be an active participant in a pay equity test case for workers in the social and community services sector to be presented to Fair Work Australia by the Australian Services Union; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) support the community sector by committing to a funding pay increase, should a pay increase result from the Australian Services Union's Equal Remuneration Case to Fair Work Australia;


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