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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2386..

Amendment agreed to

Dictionary, as amended, agreed to.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that the title be agreed to.

MR PRATT (9.53): Mr Speaker, am I allowed to speak at this point?

MR SPEAKER: You can speak to the title.

MR PRATT: I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the government on putting together a good bill. I would also like to congratulate the Commissioner of the Emergency Services Bureau and the men and women of the services for the collaborative and creative work that has been done in putting together what is now a really good instrument, which is clearly going to benefit the ACT. I would like to take the opportunity to take my hat off to the men and women in the field who have shown themselves to be so diligent and brave in these last couple of years.

Mr Stanhope: Except the ones you want to sack, mate.

MR PRATT: Thank you, Chief Minister, you are such a charming chap, and churlishness is just not part of your nature. I think we will see that our men and women will be better served by this legislation. Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you, Chief Minister, for being such a lovely chap.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Suspension of standing order 76

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That standing order 76 be suspended for the remainder of the sitting.

Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2004

Debate resumed from 12 February 2004, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PRATT (9.55): Mr Speaker, the Occupational Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2004 amends the enforcement and compliance framework for workplace safety in the ACT. On the whole, it is not a sound piece of legislation. I have consulted several major business organisations on the legislation, including the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Canberra Business Council, Australian Business Limited and the ACT Master Builders Association.

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