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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 March 2010) . . Page.. 1334 ..

Mr Speaker, this is a bill on which we have worked diligently, with a surety of purpose that our proposal was both considered and correct. We have listened and we have consulted; we have drafted and amended. Of course, there are other factors that may yet influence the development of the bill, not least the approach from the commonwealth. However, the commonwealth’s approach is far closer to ours than that of the government for the past decade. It was the Prime Minister himself that stated that a legislative approach was essential to:

… develop a strategic blueprint for Australia’s infrastructure needs and ensure future projects are determined by economic, social, and environmental needs—not short-term political interests.

If passed, this bill would provide significant and substantial reform to the way in which we plan, procure and deliver infrastructure projects in the territory. The need for this reform is clear. The time for the reform is now.

I commend the Infrastructure Canberra Bill 2009 to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stanhope) adjourned to the next sitting.

Workplace Surveillance Bill 2010—exposure draft

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (10.36), by leave: I present the following paper:

Workplace Surveillance Bill 2010—Exposure draft.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BRESNAN: I am proud to present to the Assembly an exposure draft of the Workplace Surveillance Bill 2010.

The ACT Greens have had a longstanding dedication to improving workplaces for employers and employees, and the central premise of this bill is to strike a balance between an employer’s right to protect their business and employees’ reasonable right to privacy in the workplace.

It should be noted that this area is currently unregulated under ACT law. I will go on to discuss the impacts that a lack of regulation of surveillance and privacy can have.

We believe that the workplace is a place which needs to foster trust between employers and employees. We recognise the need for employers to protect their workplaces and monitor their employees through surveillance; however, we do not recognise the need to mislead and conceal the means of doing so in the everyday running of a business.

We believe in full disclosure, in honest conversation between employers and employees. We believe that the vast majority of businesses are capable of doing this,

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