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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2990 ..

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argument in the case of chief executives. The arguments are the same for executive officers, except they are stronger, because in that case there are far more people for the executive officers to be potentially incompatible with. Amendment No. 5 relates to the responsibilities of Ministers and, again, this amendment mirrors an amendment which the Assembly has already passed, so I will not speak further on it.

Amendments agreed to.

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.29): I move amendment No. 2 circulated in my name, which reads:

Page 13, line 23, proposed new section 76, add the following subsection:

"(2) A contract under section 72 or 75 by which a person is employed to perform the duties of the office of Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Hospital shall not be varied unless Calvary Hospital A.C.T. Incorporated has, by writing, consented to the variation.".

Mr Speaker, this is an amendment to clause 20 of the Bill. Clause 20 includes proposed new section 76, which requires the consent of Calvary Hospital ACT Inc. to the engagement of the chief executive officer of the hospital. For consistency, the amendment adds that the hospital's consent must be obtained for any variation to the chief executive officer's contract as well. This is very much in line with the procedures that are now in place.

Amendment agreed to.

MS FOLLETT (Leader of the Opposition) (3.30): Mr Speaker, I move my amendment No. 6 on the pink sheet. It reads:

Page 13, line 38, after proposed new section 77, insert the following section:

"Tabling of contracts and variations of contracts

77A. The Minister shall cause a copy of -

(a) each contract made under section 72 or 75; and

(b) each instrument by which such a contract is varied;

to be laid before the Legislative Assembly within 6 sitting days after the day on which the contract or variation is made.".

Amendment No. 6 relates to the provisions that we have already passed in the Assembly in relation to chief executives in that contracts can be made public by being laid before the Legislative Assembly. It is exactly the same amendment as was agreed to by the Assembly, so I will not speak further on it.

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