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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 February 2010) . . Page.. 600 ..


MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how many community sector organisations wrote to the government to voice their concerns about the portable long service leave scheme before it was implemented?

Mr Hargreaves: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: my original question and my supplementary talked about the community sector with infrastructure, not about portable long service leave, which is not infrastructure.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: Minister Burch referred to portable long service leave in her answer.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, the question is in order. Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: I think we may have touched on portable long service leave in this place once or twice before. I do not quite understand what Mrs Dunne—

Mr Barr interjecting—

MS BURCH: Thank you. You took the words right out of my mouth, Mr Barr: what problem Mrs Dunne has with portable long service leave across the community sector if she has a particular interest in portable long service for people that work within the child services. This is an obligation that community sectors and childcare services have to their workers. They have an obligation to put aside—

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. My point of order goes to relevance. It was a simple question. I asked how many organisations wrote. The minister can either give that number or take it on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, the question, thank you.

MS BURCH: No, I am not going to waste the opportunity to go back and—

MR SPEAKER: No, Ms Burch, you will pass the opportunity.

Mr Smyth interjecting

MS BURCH: focus on Mrs Dunne’s obsession with portable long service leave. She feels that it disadvantages—I am not quite sure—

Mr Smyth interjecting

MS BURCH: It certainly advantages the worker in the community sector in the childcare services. I am unclear on her aim to undervalue workers in the community sector.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on the point of order raised by Mrs Dunne, which you gave a ruling on.

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.


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