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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 2995 ..

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.44): Yes, I think "bitter and twisted" are the words. Anyway, to reiterate what I said before, clause 59 allowed for a management standard to be established which would allow for the option of paying out accumulated recreation and long service leave. The proposal that was put forward was that SES officers could choose to have those things paid out when they went into their contracts. We relooked at that and if all of our SES officers chose to cash out their recreation and long service leave it would create a very significant budget problem. There is no doubt that we decided to pull back from that option. Where the Public Accounts Committee was wrong, and we made it clear that it was wrong, is that there was no requirement for people to cash out their accumulated leave or long service leave. All clause 59 did was allow for management standards to be established which allowed for that option. We have decided that that is not an appropriate situation in our current budget situation and we propose that amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Remainder of Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Question put:

That this Bill, as amended, be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 9	 	NOES, 8

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 Whitecross
Mr Osborne	Mr Wood
Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

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