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understanding, then to dump a letter in the opposition's in-tray the day before is not going to get that done. I reiterate our position, but I would support Mr Rattenbury's motion to split the amendments.

Ordered that the question be divided.

Amendment No 1 agreed to.

Amendment No 2.

Question put:

That amendment No 2 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9 Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 8 Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment No 2 agreed to

Amendment No 3 agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Workers Compensation Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 19 November 2015, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.45): The opposition will be supporting parts of this bill. The bill as proposed deals with two issues. The first is in new part 5.4A—return-to-work coordinators. The purpose of this section is to ensure that firms that have a workers compensation premium greater than $200,000 or are self-insurers have a dedicated officer inside their workplace to work with injured workers on their return to work. It seems a reasonable thing to do. During the briefing—I thank the minister for the officials who came and briefed me and my staff on this—I asked whether there was any data or there were any reports to indicate that this was necessary. We were told that anecdotally it seemed to work and, therefore, it was a good thing.


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