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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (20 October) . . Page.. 3394 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

When vacancies occur, they participate in selection panels and then write up; maintain a relief register of administrative staff; request contracts for two temporary SDAs each term; train administrative staff as required; peruse courses available and bring to attention; send off enrolment forms; pay invoices. There is a list of over 50 duties there.

Mr Stefaniak: That is not the duty statement.

Ms Carnell: That is not the duty statement. Where did that come from, Mr Berry?

MR BERRY: I am happy to supply you with a copy if you want it. This is a list of the duties that bursars carry out. It came into my possession from someone concerned about - - -

Ms Carnell: So, it is the duty statement and you would not be misleading this place? It is their duty statement?

MR BERRY: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, this clearly demonstrates that the core duties argument is shallow. I will bet that there has been no assessment of what are or are not core duties in relation to those other ACT government employees who may or may not have been taking industrial action of some sort or may or may not have been involved in some sort of industrial disruption or confrontation. All I want the Government to do is maintain the same standards in respect of payment back to the point when they said, "We are going to stop your pay". Let us not try to re-create history about what happened and who walked out after who said what. The Government said to these people, "If you do not hand in those financial reports, we are going to stop your pay". That order stood. The bursars said, "We are not going to hand in those reports because that is legitimate industrial action", and the Government of course stood by their threat.

Ms Carnell: And the industrial tribunal didn't back up the bursars.

Mr Stefaniak: It still doesn't work like that, Wayne. I will explain in a minute.

MR BERRY: That is what happened. In the case of the other employees, similar industrial disruption - action, if you want to look at the Federal legislation probably - is occurring, and people are being paid. I have heard news reports of some threats, but people are being paid.

Ms Carnell: Are you suggesting we don't?

Mr Humphries: Are you saying we shouldn't?

Mr Moore: What are you suggesting?

MR BERRY: My view is that it is quite appropriate to pay people involved in minor industrial disruption in the course of negotiations if it suits - - -

Mr Humphries: It is actually ours as well in certain circumstances.

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