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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1831..


NSW Fire Brigade-transfers

(Question No 622)

Ms Dundas

asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 6 May 2003:

In relation to fire fighters who transferred from the NSW Fire Brigade:

What was the age at which these fire fighters could retire with full benefits under the applicable NSW award;

What was the age at which these fire fighters could retire with full benefits under the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme;

Where one of these fire fighters suffered a compensable injury or illness requiring a long term absence from work, what system was employed to ensure that compensation payments kept pace with entitlements under the NSW Fire Brigade award as classifications and rates of pay changed over time; and

Has the Government accepted the advice of Meryl Stanton of Comcare dated 20 August 1996, which states that the "contention that NSW Fire Service employees who transferred to the ACT Fire Brigade continued to be entitled to the conditions of employment that existed in NSW at the time of transfer, is correct. These conditions of employment were recorded in the relevant industrial award at that time".

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Employees of the NSW Board of Fire Commissioners in 1976 could elect to retire on full superannuation benefits provided by their superannuation scheme, at age 60 years;

Employees of the NSW Board of Fire Commissioners who elected to join the ACT Fire Brigade in 1976 transferred to Commonwealth employment and were subject to terms and conditions of employment that prevailed at that time for Commonwealth employees. Under Commonwealth superannuation arrangements at that time, full benefits provided by those arrangements emerged at age 65 years;

Former employees of the NSW Fire Service who transferred to the ACT Fire Brigade were covered by the relevant Commonwealth workers compensation arrangements prevailing at the time; and

To establish whether the Meryl Stanton advice was ever received and considered by the ACT Government administration, it will be necessary for the Department of Justice and Community Safety to access archived files. A further response to this question will be provided when the analysis of those files has been completed.

China

(Question No 623)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 6 May 2003:

Following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Beijing and Canberra announced 17 April 2002:


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