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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 4 June 2015) . . Page.. 2126 ..


This amendment gives an organisation that is the subject of a complaint the opportunity to make an oral or written submission in response. This will assist in better decision-making, set out the process for the director-general to notify the organisation of the complaint and allow the director-general to protect the identity of the complainant.

Amendment agreed to.

Mr Gentleman: Sorry, Madam Speaker, are we dealing with clause 8 and Ms Lawder’s amendment No 1?

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes. We seem to be making several amendments to clause 8. I understood that Ms Lawder’s amendment No 1 and your amendment No 3 were the same; so it was a matter of the person first rising. We have agreed to Ms Lawder’s amendment No 1 and now we are moving on to your amendment No 4.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (5.48): I move amendment No 4 circulated in my name [see schedule 6 at page 2142].

The amendment is a technical amendment related to government amendment No 3, proposed new subsection 52H(3)(b). It adds a note that says that the director-general does not have to notify an anonymous complainant of what the outcome of an investigation into the complaint was.

Amendment agreed to.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (5.49): I move government amendment No 5 circulated in my name [see schedule 6 at page 2142].

This amendment addresses an issue raised by the scrutiny of bills committee, which recommended that the term “reasonable” be added to the subsection.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.49): I want to say that we will oppose this amendment because the use of the phrase “reasonable date” leaves a lot of room for ambiguity. We would have preferred to give more certainty about time frames for the organisations involved.

Amendment agreed to.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.50): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 3 and 4 circulated in my name together.

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker, we would like to do those separately.

Leave not granted.


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