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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 2806 ..

MR BERRY: I have a supplementary question. Mr Speaker, all I would like to get from this Minister is an answer, and I asked him specifically whether he will rule out the use of scab labour to do the work of those they keep away from their employment in the course of their refusal to negotiate with the unions.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I do not know what the term "scab labour" means, so I cannot answer Mr Berry's question.

Jindalee Nursing Home - Casual Staff

MS TUCKER: My question is to the Minister for Health and Community Care, Mrs Carnell. Will the Government guarantee that casual staff at Jindalee employed for six months or more will be offered jobs and retraining in other parts of Health or, alternatively, redundancy payments?

MRS CARNELL: The Government's position on this issue has been very clear, and that is, as I said in the Assembly, that long-term casuals will be covered under the triple R award. Long-term casuals, as I said before - - -

Mr Berry: Over six months. That is not what you said. Publicly you said "everyone".


MRS CARNELL: I did say "long-term casuals". That is exactly what I said, Mr Berry. Long-term casuals will be covered under the Act. That means that they will be able to get redundancies, retraining or redeployment.

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question. Mrs Carnell, I cannot imagine why you would have thought we were reassured by your commitment to looking after long-term casual staff if we thought you were referring to those who are legally looked after anyway. How do you justify giving us the impression that you were going to be looking after those people not covered already by the triple R award? That was one of the reasons why we supported the contracting out of Jindalee.

MRS CARNELL: I made it very clear that we were talking about full time, permanent part time and long-term casuals. All three were alluded to in my statement in this Assembly. I made it clear that the first two categories are covered under the triple R award and that long-term casuals would be part of that approach. We stand by that undertaking.

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