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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 3 Hansard (26 March) . . Page.. 660 ..

MR SPEAKER: Ms Tucker, you have a minute.

MS TUCKER (4.33): I will say very quickly, Mr Speaker, that I am also disappointed in the debate, to a degree. I think there are concerns that should be addressed by both sides in this place and the crossbenches. They really have not featured in the discussion at all. Mr Kaine referred to productivity. There comes a point when you cannot find it. You still have to provide a living wage for people. Already it is very difficult in certain areas, such as nursing and teaching. We have asked these questions over and over again.

In conclusion, if I have only a minute, why cannot we have a more meaningful discussion about the impacts of these sorts of constraints on the whole community and make sure that the vulnerable in the community are not suffering? I do not see that happening, and I suspect that they will be the ones to suffer. I encourage all members to try to look at this in a more constructive manner because it is not going to go away.

MR SPEAKER: The time for the discussion has now expired.


MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present a determination made pursuant to subsection 6(2) of the Legislative Assembly (Members' Staff) Act 1989, and another determination, which has been made pursuant to subsection 11(2) of the Act.


Debate resumed from 7 December 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Question proposed:

That this Bill be agreed to.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Carnell) adjourned.

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