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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2523..


MS MacDONALD (continuing):

She then read the last part of this email correspondence, which states:

That said, Karin will not be supporting Dr Foskey's Bill to delay school closures. She will, however, continue to work closely with the communities affected by proposed school closures and fight for schools and preschools in her electorate that should remain open.

Mr Speaker, that quite clearly sets out my position on this subject.

MR SPEAKER: I think you are debating the issue now. You cannot debate the issue. You can go to the personal issues. Just keep that in mind.

Mr Corbell: You have clarified it.

MR SPEAKER: You cannot clarify it because it then becomes a debating issue. It is about dealing with the personal issues and then getting on with the rest of our business.

MS MacDONALD: All right. I will just say, Mr Speaker, that I thought it was important that the paragraph which was omitted be placed on the record.

Industrial relations—reforms

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.46): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) acknowledges the relationship between job security and the health of workers;

(2) acknowledges the growing evidence on the effects of the implementation of the new WorkChoices Bill on the health of workers; and

(3) calls on the Chief Minister to convey to the federal Government the Assembly's wish that these draconian laws be repealed.

Over the last 150 days, members of the Australian community have had to work under the threat of the loss of their jobs, the loss of conditions, the reduction of safety in the workplace and the loss of protection from unfair dismissal. With many members of our community already working long hours and feeling pressure in the workplace, the added pressure of the WorkChoices legislation has increased the possibility of them losing their job and added a second layer of stress.

There have been many studies done proving that the effects of stress on people lowers their immune system and therefore causes illness, and in extreme cases death. The new industrial relations legislation, by providing the opportunity for employers to have staff work longer hours, often for less pay and less than optimal conditions, will lead to a higher stress level in workers. As many of you are aware, I have been a union official and have seen the effects of workers being taken advantage of. It is never a good thing. A report released by Unions NSW said:


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