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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (31 August) . . Page.. 2651 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

The major thing which commends this legislation to us is that it provides a seamless school-to-work program in a trade-related activity. We all know that there has been a shortage of apprentices for many years. Quite often part of the problem is that people do not want to start from scratch when they kick off their apprenticeship. There is also a benefit to employers in that when they take on an apprentice the apprentice has already had some training. They have already found out whether they want to be in that line of business or not. As I say, Mr Speaker, the Opposition will be supporting this legislation, because it is providing a seamless transition from school to work.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (5.25), in reply: Mr Speaker, we thank the Assembly for their very broad support for this Bill and the amendments. It is important that we do not interfere in the legal status of students and trainees as they better themselves and gain the practical experience they need to be valuable members of the work force. I thank the Assembly for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (5.26): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to move the two amendments circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I move:

Clause 4 -

Page 1, line 9, omit the clause, substitute the following clause:

"4 Interpretation

Section 3 of the Principal Act is amended -

(a) by omitting from the definition of 'electrical installation' in subsection (1) 'supplied by the Authority'; and

(b) by omitting the definition of 'electrical wiring work' in subsection (1) and substituting the following definition:

' "electrical wiring work" means the actual physical work of installing, altering or repairing and electrical installation other than -

(a) an electrical installation that operates at extra low voltage; or

(b) telecommunications cabling or equipment that operates at a voltage not exceeding 90 volts alternating current;'.".

Clause 6, page 2, line 29, omit the clause.

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