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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 February 2010) . . Page.. 601 ..


Mr Hanson: If the minister is going to defy your ruling then she should move a motion of dissent rather than continue to make some points that are not relevant to the question.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, the standing orders require an answer to be directly relevant. Obviously ministers are entitled to set a context. I certainly did not appreciate, on my suggestion that you return to the question, the rather dismissive tone in which you continued on your previous line of context. I might invite you in the remaining 45 seconds to endeavour to answer the question.

MS BURCH: I will get to the answer. The community services that I have spoken to welcome the portable long service leave. The question was: who had made contact with me? I am saying that those that have made contact with me are supportive of the portable long service leave. If Mrs Dunne wants me to go back through my diary and list name by name every community organisation that I have spoken with that supported the portable long service leave, I am willing to do that. But one thing I can say is that not one has approached me and said it is a bad deal for workers.

MS PORTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Porter.

Mrs Dunne: You had better go back and review your documents, and then come back and correct the record.

Ms Burch interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Porter has the call!

MS PORTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Could the minister please outline how the government is supporting the community sector workforce?

MS BURCH: Thank you. We do support the community sector workforce, as opposed to those over there. The ACT government is working towards creating a sustainable community sector workforce. In November of 2009 our government introduced portable long service leave.

Ms Hunter: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clock. Ms Hunter.

Ms Hunter: I am sure that Ms Porter’s question was pretty much exactly the same as Mr Hargreaves’s original question, if you could just review that.

Mr Hargreaves: No, it wasn’t.


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