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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 3 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 790..

Amendments agreed to.

Original question put:

That Mr Pratt's motion, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

Ayes 8

Noes 7

Mr Berry

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Burke

Mr Pratt

Mr Corbell

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Ms Porter

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Mulcahy

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Safety in the construction industry

Debate resumed from 23 November, on motion by Mr Gentleman:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the importance of:

(a) safety in the construction industry as vital to our community; and

(b) industrial rights in the construction industry as an internationally recognised right and a means of workplace safety;

(2) condemns the Federal Government for its attempts to reduce safety and restrict the rights of workers in the construction industry through provisions of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act, namely the:

(a) exclusion of industrial action on the grounds of safety concerns;

(b) introduction of penalties of up to $22 000 for individuals who partake in industrially motivated actions;

(c) exclusion of Construction Project Agreements; and

(d) ability of Australian Building and Construction Commission inspectors to enforce a penalty of imprisonment for six months against any worker who does not attend for questioning, answer questions or who obstructs an investigation or fails to hand over documents; and

(3) calls on the Federal Government to revoke the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act on the basis that it jeopardises the safety of the thousands of construction workers employed in the ACT.

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