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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (17 October) . . Page.. 1694..


WORKERS' COMPENSATION (AMENDMENT) BILL (NO. 2) 1995

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services and Minister for Business, Employment and Tourism) (11.15), by leave: Mr Speaker, I present the Workers' Compensation (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1995 and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR DE DOMENICO: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, I draw the attention of members to my presentation speech for the Occupational Health and Safety (Amendment) Bill 1995. In that speech I advised members that the purpose of that Bill was to expand the role of the Occupational Health and Safety Council to include advising the Minister on workers compensation and occupational rehabilitation matters. This Bill, the Workers' Compensation (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1995, makes minor consequential changes to the Workers' Compensation Act 1951 to support the Occupational Health and Safety (Amendment) Bill 1995.

The consequential changes affect section 15F of the principal Act. That section contains a requirement for the Minister to consult with representatives of employers, unions and insurers before approving by instrument a protocol or an amendment to a protocol. The protocol under section 15F covers details of occupational rehabilitation arrangements as regards injured workers. At present the Minister meets this obligation to consult by receiving advice from the non-statutory Workers Compensation Monitoring Committee, which has representatives of employers, unions and workers compensation insurers. Under the new arrangements this consultation will occur with the Occupational Health and Safety Council, which will have representation from employers, unions and workers compensation insurers. Mr Speaker, I commend this Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Berry) adjourned.

CRIMES (AMENDMENT) BILL (NO. 2) 1995

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.17), by leave: Mr Speaker, I present the Crimes (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1995 and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, the purpose of this Bill is to amend the Crimes Act 1900 so that there is a summary form of three existing indictable offences - the existing offences of theft, making off without payment, and destroying or damaging property. For the assistance of members, I will explain the difference between summary and indictable offences.


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