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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 13 March 2007) . . Page.. 419 ..

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 39

MS MacDONALD (Brindabella): I present the following report:

Legal Affairs—Standing Committee (performing the duties of a Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee)—scrutiny report 39, dated 12 March 2007, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MS MacDONALD: Scrutiny report 39 contains the committee’s comments on two bills, 15 pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Working Families in the Australian Capital Territory—Select Committee

Statement by chair

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Select Committee on Working Families in the ACT. I am delivering this statement in my capacity as chair of the committee in relation to the committee’s inquiry into issues concerning workers and their families in the ACT.

At a private meeting on 7 December 2006, the committee agreed to provide the ACT Legislative Assembly with an update on the activities and future directions of the committee. The committee issued its interim report in March 2006. The report focused mainly on the Workplace Relations Amendment (Better Bargaining) Bill 2005, the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Act 2005 and the Workplace Relations Amendment (WorkChoices) Act 2005, as it was this aspect of the terms of reference that the majority of submissions addressed.

As the key stakeholders appeared to be mainly interested in these areas, the committee recommended that the terms of reference be amended to better reflect the nature of the inquiry. The recommendation was agreed to by the government as “it focused the work of the committee on areas identified as having the most significant impact on working families in the ACT, while continuing to provide scope to consider other matters”. The committee is now investigating the impact of commonwealth industrial relations legislation on potentially vulnerable workers, and their families, in the ACT,

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