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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 7 Hansard (19 October) . . Page.. 1898 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

through this process. It really does need to go to the Assembly as soon as possible; but that first week in December will achieve the end that will allow us, if the Bill is passed, of course, to advertise the jobs before Christmas, and that is absolutely essential.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.




Debate resumed from 21 September 1995, on motion by Mr Stefaniak:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: Is it the wish of the Assembly to debate this order of the day concurrently with the Vocational Education and Training (Consequential Provisions) Bill 1995? There being no objection, that course will be followed. I remind members that in debating order of the day No. 2 they may also address their remarks to order of the day No. 3.

MR BERRY (4.17): As has been said, the Bill provides for new arrangements to manage the vocational education and training system which, according to the explanatory memorandum, is in response to wide-ranging changes across the system at the national level. The memorandum also mentions the changes to the new authority. That will have 11 members, and I note that some of the representations have changed. My understanding is that the number of persons appointed from the Labour Council has been reduced, and there have been some changes throughout. One most important change is that a person will be appointed to the authority to represent the interests of the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Associations. The Opposition will be supporting this Bill. One other matter was raised by the Scrutiny of Bills Committee. I have discussed this with the Minister, and I am grateful for the advice that was given by him and his departmental officers. I am satisfied that the Bill will work as intended. I repeat, Mr Speaker, that the Opposition will be supporting both Bills.

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Training) (4.18), in reply: I thank Mr Berry for his comments. As he indicated, the P and C are now on the body. We have sorted out that other matter with the help of Mr Peter Gordon from the VTA.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

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