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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2391..


MS BURCH (continuing):

profile. To complete this next level of analysis will require considerable resources after the agencies and classification reporting has occurred.

Equally of interest would be a comprehensive and reliable set of measures on the relative skills, capabilities and work experience of ACT public service employees. This information is not readily available in the ACT public service at this time, and to compile such data would be quite resource intensive.

By taking a step-by-step approach, the government will progressively add to its reporting on gender pay levels in the ACT public service. This approach is consistent with the government's commitment in the ACT Women's Plan 2010-2015 to increase reporting on sex disaggregated data.

I will, of course, continue to investigate the potential to examine gender pay equity at the national level. As I mentioned in February, I will chair the Ministerial Conference on the Status of Women in September of this year. Gender pay equity across all sectors is an agenda item. I expect that a national approach to this issue may occur out of that discussion; I certainly hope it does.

I am pleased to say that this government has taken on board the need to consider pay equity across the ACT public service. We will work with the commissioner on doing that and having it as standard reporting with our ACT public reporting profile. That is a great move forward.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra-Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens): I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave not granted.

Crimes (Surveillance Devices) Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 25 February 2010, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.08): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill in principle but I will be introducing a minor amendment at the detail stage. This bill will enable police to use surveillance devices in criminal investigations, obtained and retrieved by warrant or by emergency authorisation. Commencement is by notice of the minister or after six months. It is based on model legislation called cross-border investigative powers for law enforcement, which was developed in the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General and the Australasian Police Ministers Council joint working group on national investigation powers. There will be a process of mutual recognition in cross-border investigations where the cross-border jurisdiction has corresponding laws.

Four types of surveillance devices are covered by this legislation. They are data, listening, optical and tracking devices. Warrant applications including retrieval warrants are made to the Supreme Court for all forms of devices or to the Magistrates Court for tracking devices only. Warrants can cover more than one form of device,


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