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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 28 August 2008) . . Page.. 3961 ..


provisions have been in place in New South Wales for many years and there have only been a handful of private prosecutions. And it is worth noting that any penalties imposed by the court will be paid to the territory and will be dedicated to the promotion of work safety. These funds will be devoted to the promotion of better occupational health and safety practices through the Office of the ACT Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner.

In closing, this bill is about protecting what matters most to our territory—our people. It is about ensuring that workers return home to their families at the end of the day unharmed. It is about providing a modern regime that keeps pace with changing employment arrangements. It is about the management of risk and the provision of an environment for workers that is safe and healthy and protects them from injury and illness.

It is about providing choice and flexibility and balancing the need to do business efficiently with the interests of workers. It is about fostering cooperation and consultation between workers, employers and supporting organisations. It is about encouraging continuous improvement and progressively higher standards of work safety and it is about embracing the future and putting the ACT at the forefront of work safety in this nation. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

Motion (by Mr Stefaniak) proposed:

That debate be adjourned.

Question put.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (5.30 pm): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 4003].


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