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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 10 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 2823 ..

MRS CARNELL (continuing):

Ms Follett earlier made the comment that we could still have contracts for senior executives, or SES officers. That is true; but, for a reason I will never know, the Public Sector Management Act stopped us putting agency heads on contract. We can put the people under agency heads on contract, but not agency heads. Those contracts were not performance based; they were fixed term appointments. There have been a number of those people put on fixed term appointments. To address the politicisation question again, if Ms Follett believes that the Community Advocate, the DPP, and a number of the other people who are on fixed term contracts are somehow politicised in their positions, I suggest that she should withdraw that in this Assembly. I do not believe that any of those people who are currently on fixed term contracts have had their positions politicised. In fact, a number of those people have had their contracts expire since I took over as Chief Minister and predominantly they have had them extended. That does indicate that we are not talking here about politicisation; we are talking about good management and real focus on what we in the ACT can achieve. It is about continual improvement. It is not about waiting until it is broke to fix it. It is about making sure that we are the best we can be, and I would have assumed that the Assembly would support that.

Question put:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8	 	NOES, 7

Mrs Carnell	Mr Berry
Mr Cornwell	Mr Connolly
Mr De Domenico	Ms Follett
Mr Hird		Ms Horodny
Mr Humphries	Ms McRae
Mr Kaine	Ms Tucker
Mr Moore	Mr Wood
Mr Osborne
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Clauses 1 to 3, by leave, taken together

Debate (on motion by Mr Moore) adjourned.

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