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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3386 ..


make this nation great. They have fought for so many of the things we take for granted now. Without the unions we would not have annual leave, penalty rates, maternity leave, superannuation, equal pay for women, sick leave, redundancy pay, workers compensation, collective bargaining and unfair dismissal protection. These are the things that we stand up for on this side of the chamber.

By bringing on this motion today those opposite are saying they are against these conditions we take for granted and are sending a clear warning to Canberrans that, if given the chance, those opposite would take away pay and conditions and undermine the protections we currently have.

The union movement has helped shape Australia for the better, and the CFMMEU and its predecessors have been part of this. Instead of working with unions to build a better city, a better Canberra, those opposite have an unhealthy obsession with the CFMMEU. Sometimes it is good; we have heard in this place praise for the former leader of this particular union, and it did not come from this side of the chamber. We have also heard an apology to that same former leader, and that did not come from this side of the chamber.

We have seen taxpayers' money wasted because of the obsessions those opposite have with the CFMMEU. While they continue with this unhealthy fixation, we will get on with governing, leading and helping Canberrans. Unlike those opposite, this Labor government will work with all of those who want to build a better and brighter city. We are getting on with the job of growing services and infrastructure as our city grows. We have a plan for now and into the future, and we are committed to making this great city even better.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Miss C Burch Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Ms Lee Mr Parton Mr Wall

Noes 12: Ms J Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Ramsay Mr Rattenbury Mr Steel Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wall) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Milligan for today's sitting for personal reasons.


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