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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2811..

Long service leave

(Question No 1527)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

(1) In relation to long service leave portability and further to comments made in the Canberra Times on 24 March that the office of the Minister confirmed that she was working with employers and employees on a plan for long service leave, including the potential for portability in some industries, which industries are potential candidates for the extension of portable long service leave;

(2) Will the scheme that the Minister is proposing be consistent with the Federal Labor's plans as outlined in its platform for a national portable long-service leave scheme.

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

(1) The ACT Government has no plans to extend portability of long service leave at this time. The Government will continue to consult with employers and unions about improving conditions of employment, including leave entitlements, for the ACT workforce.

(2) As far as I am aware, Federal Labor does not have a plan for a national portable long service leave scheme.

Retirement villages-code of practice

(Question No 1529)

Mr Cornwell asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 5 May 2004:

(1) Regarding the A.C.T.'s Fair Trading Act 1992 Retirement Villages Industry Code of Practice, is there a specific administration unit within the Office of Fair Trading that oversees the implementation and use of the Code of Practice;

(2) If not, why not, and how can it be assured that providers are adhering to the Code of Practice;

(3) Are regular checks undertaken to ensure that retirement villages are adhering to the Code of Practice; if not, why not, when will regular checks be instigated and how will this be done;

(4) If no to part (3), is it solely up to residents to bring attention to and report any breaches of the Code of Practice;

(5) What are the procedures and consequences if it is found that the Code of Practice is not being adhered to by a particular retirement village;

(6) Have any breaches of the Code of Practice occurred in the A.C.T. to date; if so, has any action been taken against any particular retirement village;

(7) If so, in what form and against whom was action taken;

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