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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . . Page.. 3579..


MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, and Acting Minister for Planning) (8.33): I thank members for their thoughts and support. Of course, it is a no-brainer.

Mrs Cross: You had to ruin it with that, didn't you? You're a real graduate from charm school.

MR QUINLAN: It is a no-brainer. You could not argue against this. I conclude by saying that it is just another measure to demonstrate that this government subscribes to the notion that working to promote business and the economy and working to promote a humane, safe workplace are not mutually exclusive, as some might appear to believe.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR QUINLAN

(Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, and Acting Minister for Planning) (8.34): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 3596].

I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendment. The amendment is required to ensure that wages paid to both full-time and part-time employees are treated equally in the event that an employee takes his or her eligible leave at less than full pay and less than his or her average rate of pay. It tidies up the bill and makes it more embracing.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Territory Owned Corporations Amendment Bill 2004

Debate resumed from 1 July 2004, on motion by Mr Quinlan:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR CORNWELL (8.36): The Territory Owned Corporations Amendment Bill 2004 will tighten the existing legislation, making TOCs more accountable to shareholders and other interested parties. It is consistent with improving government processes and improved accountability.

I understand that it will, among other things, prevent legislative inconsistencies with the Legislation Act 2001 that might have allowed TOCs exemptions from court action or


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