Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 1858 ..
MS TUCKER (continuing):
the whole community as well. If Mr Moore really does not think that it is okay to have industrial action, you could get rid of public education, because you could argue that the industrial action that has often been taken on behalf of students is too disruptive to the students. We could contract education out.
The Government raised the ideological position of Labor. I understand that Labor's ideological position basically comes from a concern for the welfare of workers. I do not know why you have to always argue about whose ideology is worse or more stringent. I guess that both ideologies come from a reasonable point to begin with. Labor is asking for this inquiry because they have concerns about workers as well as service provision and how these young people will be affected by the contracting out of these services. I urge all members to vote for this motion. It is about open and accountable government; it is about giving people a fair go - workers and the kids in that refuge.
That the motion (Ms Tucker's) be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 8 NOES, 9 Mr Berry Mrs Carnell Mr Connolly Mr Cornwell Ms Follett Mr De Domenico Ms Horodny Mr Hird Ms McRae Mr Humphries Ms Tucker Mr Kaine Mr Whitecross Mr Moore Mr Wood Mr Osborne Mr StefaniakQuestion so resolved in the negative.
MR CONNOLLY (12.01): The Labor Party's position on this concept of preventing multisite franchising has been something of a difficult one for us in that last year, when a competitive situation applied in the Canberra market, we had indicated that we would be prepared to contemplate such legislation. Having given that public pledge, it would be difficult for us to oppose this legislation for the sake of opposing it. For that reason, we will not be opposing it.