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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 2850 ..

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, proceed.

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, in the debate on my second amendment Mrs Carnell asserted that it would be possible under her legislation for executives to be employed part time. I would refer the Assembly to the explanatory memorandum on this Bill, which states, at page 7, in the explanation on clause 12:

Clause 12 inserts an interpretation section, section 59A, before section 60 of the Act. Section 60 is the first section in Division 2 of Part IV, which contains provisions about part-time officers. Proposed section 59A defines "an office" in Division 2 of Part IV to exclude an office of Chief Executive and Executive, thereby excluding these executive positions from provisions dealing with part-time offices. This is because all executive jobs will be full-time.

Mr Speaker, I offer Mrs Carnell the chance to apologise to the Assembly for having given, quite clearly, misleading information.

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, I have been on my feet to take a point of order. I would have thought that the Leader of the Opposition would have been invited to sit down while I made it. Mr Speaker, what we have just heard has nothing whatsoever to do with a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, but it does. The Leader of the Opposition was responding to a comment made by the Chief Minister, who I am sure will now seek, if she so wishes - - -

Mr De Domenico: But what has it to do with a personal explanation from Ms Follett?

MR SPEAKER: She will have the opportunity to do so.

MS FOLLETT: I was misinterpreted or misrepresented.

Mr Kaine: Ms Follett does not claim to have been misrepresented in any way.

MS FOLLETT: I do, indeed.

Mr Kaine: She is quoting from the explanatory memorandum on a Bill. How does that misrepresent her?

Ms McRae: Which the Chief Minister has not read.


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