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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 4236..

MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

the territory to properly safeguard the public through ensuring them that the removal of asbestos and indeed any work in relation to asbestos is conducted properly.

Just before I finish, Mr Speaker: other members have talked about it but I would like to sincerely thank all of the staff involved from JACS, Parliamentary Counsel and the Office of Industrial Relations, namely, Shelley Schreiner, Brett Purdue, Peter Quinton, Tania Manuel, Paoyi Tan, Sandra Georges and John Leahy, and of course Garrett Purtill and Nick Martin in my office, who have worked tirelessly over the past 12 to 14 days to ensure that the legislation we have here tonight is of the standard that it is. I really give my thanks to all of those people named for their efforts, their expertise and their talent in producing this piece of legislation.

Preamble agreed to.


MS GALLAGHER (Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children, Youth and Family Support, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.31): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 4273].

This government amendment amends the title of the bill to reflect that the act to be amended should be the Dangerous Substances Act 2004, as it is the appropriate legislation to address asbestos issues and asbestos-related duties. This amendment has been supported by other government amendments.

MRS CROSS (10.32): Mr Speaker, I would like to extend my thanks to all members and their staff for their support and hard work for this legislation.

MR SPEAKER: You'll be coming back to the title shortly.

MRS CROSS: I am supporting the title. I thank Parliamentary Counsel for their collaboration, patience and willingness to work with my office and also with ADFA on getting things done in a very speedy way. I thank the government and other members of this place on being prepared to reach what I feel is a sensible position in order to put the community's interests first. Above all, I thank my staff and Bernie Banton for having faith in me and believing that I could achieve something with the collaboration of other members of this place. This one is for you, Bernie.

MS MacDONALD (10.33): I am rising to support the amendment. I think this is a more appropriate place for this to be. I would also like to take this opportunity to give my thanks to Elizabeth Thurbon and Carol Willey and to Bernie Banton and his wife, Karen, who have travelled from Sydney today to see this progress through.

I particularly raise the issue of Carol Willey and more particularly Elizabeth Thurbon. I have been working with Elizabeth and Carol for a number of months now on this issue and I keep urging Elizabeth to keep up the fight; I think that it is important that she keep up the fight. What she has achieving here today is a good step forward. So I congratulate her for her efforts at continuing to pick away at it and keep it up. I know she wants to return to her life, but I do not think that she is allowed to do that just yet.

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