Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (1 September) . . Page.. 2669..
MR SPEAKER (Mr Cornwell) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.
The Clerk: The following petition has been lodged for presentation:
By Mr Hargreaves , from 17,066 residents, requesting that the Assembly note that ACT firefighters' pay rates have fallen behind most other States and that the Government has acknowledged that they have "equal or superior status" compared to other States, the unfairness of an arbitrated 16 per cent pay rise for the Chief Minister on interstate comparisons and the zero offer to firefighters and reject any requirement to trade safety or service cuts for pay rises.
The petition read as follows:
To the Speaker and Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly.
A 16% pay rise for Kate Carnell and zero for firefighters is unfair.
Your petitioners request the Assembly to:
Note that ACT firefighters' pay rates have fallen behind most other States;
note the ACT Government acknowledgment that ACT firefighters have "equal or superior" status compared to other States;
note the unfairness of an arbitrated 16% pay rise for the Chief Minister based on interstate comparisons and a zero offer to firefighters; and
reject any requirement to trade safety or service cuts for pay rises.
MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a short statement.