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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2554..


Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 31

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (3.46): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—Scrutiny Report 31, dated 23 August 2006, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That scrutiny report 31 be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: Scrutiny report 31 contains the committee's comments on the Remuneration Tribunal Amendment Bill 2006. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Industrial relations—reforms

Debate resumed.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (3.47): Members will have to take themselves back to just before lunch, otherwise I will need to repeat the speech. I would rather not use my time in that way. You will remember that I asked why Mr Gentlemen's sense of righteousness about the impact of WorkChoices was not extended to concern for the ACT's public schoolteachers, ACTION bus drivers, and even taxi drivers, who are feeling sorely beleaguered at the moment. I was surmising that, no, he may have private concerns about those people but he is not speaking out because their problem is not the federal government but the ACT government. The minister looks quite content to implement the provisions of WorkChoices where that suits and to say that that is the law. It is easier for Mr Gentleman and other ALP members to attack private employers and the commonwealth, while overlooking the erosion of conditions caused by this budget and the government's approach to enterprise bargaining with teachers in government schools. Does Mr Gentleman worry about how a reduced number of department officials will cope with the stress as they deal with the enormous ramifications of the 2020 strategy for government schools and the teachers they support? Again, if he does he is keeping that to himself.

I wonder how the Minister for Industrial Relations, who is also the minister for education, is juggling these two seemingly contradictory elements. Does Mr Gentleman


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