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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 12 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 3659 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

I regret I have not been able to deal with this earlier. However, it was a matter that only came up in New South Wales on 21 September 1999. As soon as I could get the legislation into this place, I have. I would have dealt with it earlier had that possibility been open to me.

Nevertheless, it is sensible to create the level playing field for us and for those in Queanbeyan, and to provide the benefits to those whom we represent, most particularly those workers who are not in a strong position to bargain the generous bonuses that some have been able to achieve because of their strong industrial position. I would have thought Mr Smyth would have adopted his former employer's approach to this, where Mr Reith backed New Year's Eve bonuses. The difference with this bonus is that it applies to all the workers, not just the strong ones.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.



MR SPEAKER: For the information of members I present, pursuant to subsection 4 (3)of the Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act 1997, two authorisations to receive sound broadcast of Legislative Assembly and committee proceedings given to specified government offices, subject to certain conditions.



MR SPEAKER: I present, pursuant to section 25A of the Financial Management Act 1996, the September quarterly performance report 1999-2000 for the Legislative Assembly Secretariat. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.



MS CARNELL (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the ministerial travel report for the period July to September 1999.

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