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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . . Page.. 1338..


MS BRESNAN (continuing):

Part 6 of this bill requires an employer to take reasonable steps to protect surveillance records and destroy or de-identify surveillance records no longer required for any purpose under the bill. Furthermore, the minister must give a report to the appropriate Legislative Assembly committee on the operation of the bill, specifically, information on the number of covert authorities issued and the types of surveillance devices to be used.

The Greens look forward to working with other parties here in this place, and with employer groups, workers, privacy groups and the community, in the effort to deliver an effective solution to protecting both workplaces and the privacy of employees. We recognise that this bill has the potential to bring substantial change to the operation of some workplaces. We hope that it is one that fosters trust and openness between employers and workers. However, it is in recognition that the working environment has changed so much in the internet age that we have introduced this bill.

The people of Canberra expect members in this place to work together, to bring forward a forward-thinking agenda and to hold honest, informed and mature discussions about how best to implement positive change. We have brought forward this bill as an exposure draft in order to best facilitate an exchange of ideas, to ensure that the impacts can be considered before implementation, and to better encourage transparent and accountable measures here in the Assembly. We invite other members in this place to discuss with us, and each other, and our constituents, the best way forward to implement these reforms. I commend this exposure draft to the Assembly as a much-needed reform to protect and balance the rights of employers and employees in the workplace.

Building (Energy Efficient Hot Water Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 1 April 2009, on motion by Ms Le Couteur:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Ms Le Couteur) agreed to:

That order of the day No 1, Private Members' business, be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Education Amendment Bill 2008

Debate resumed from 10 December 2008, on motion by Ms Hunter:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing) (10.49): In rising today in this debate, I would like to put a number of issues on the record. Firstly, I want to indicate that the government is willing to enter into


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