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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 February 2018) . . Page.. 532 ..


Ombudsman. It is an entirely different discussion but one that I think we can well cover in this space.

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (4.50): Firstly, I reject Mr Wall’s inference that my motion was untrue. Everything in my motion seems to be in order. But I would like to thank Mr Wall—or should I say “Comrade Wall”—for his enthusiasm to empower workers and their unions to improve safety for all.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: I think “Comrade Wall” would be unparliamentary, and you should not say it.

Amendment agreed to.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question now is that the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations) (4.51): I seek leave to move the amendment circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I move:

Insert new paragraph (1)(f):

“(f) that the 2017-18 Budget allocated funding for three additional WorkSafe ACT inspectors, recognising that light rail construction involves specialised and complex work activity that has not been undertaken in the ACT before;”

I thank Mr Wall for his amendment, which is a factual amendment. I hope that the opposition will be able to support our equally factual amendment to Ms Cody’s motion. It notes the funding allocated in the 2017-18 budget for additional WorkSafe inspectors, recognising the complexity of the light rail project.

Amendment agreed to.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: The question now is that the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (4.52): Firstly, I would like to thank members for all the positive input received today for my motion. It is a motion that has been sitting there, building momentum, for some time. I would like to thank the government and Ms Stephen-Smith in particular for putting the local procurement code out for consultation. It is really rewarding. Workers’ rights and workers’ safety should be of paramount importance when procuring services in the ACT.


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