Page 2122 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (12.11): The government will not be supporting these amendments today, as we believe the government’s amendments sufficiently address the concerns raised by public accounts and the JACS scrutiny committees regarding the independence and autonomy of statutory officeholders. The OLA and officers of the Legislative Assembly are public sector members and are subject to the requirements of the Financial Management Act 1996. The position of the government is that the OLA and officers of the Legislative Assembly should not be subject to executive direction. In order to achieve this, the government will be amending the bill to remove section 129A.

Once again, I would like to reiterate that the statutory officeholders for these entities will be the decision-makers when it comes to insourcing. They are required to apply the framework; however, they are not required to insource anything. That decision is solely at the discretion of the officeholder.

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (12.12): I would like to thank the minister for bringing forward the amendments that address the recommendations from the Public Accounts Committee. The omission of the proposed new section 129A, whilst not immediately obvious, creates a situation where officers of the Assembly are in a position to consider the insourcing framework but are not directed to implement it, preserving their independence. This responds to the committee recommendations, and so the Greens are comfortable with supporting the government’s amendments.

Question put:

That the amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 15

Mr Cain

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mr Cocks

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mr Milligan

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Parton

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the negative.

Amendments negatived.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella-Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency


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