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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1019 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

every three months; first-class air travel for staff, their partners and dependants; a government-provided fully maintained vehicle; a maximum 30-hour week, with two-hour lunchbreaks-

Mr Wood: Put it in context.

MR HUMPHRIES: There is no context at all which justifies that, Mr Wood, I am sorry. I continue: triple-time penalties for work outside rostered hours-

Mr Stefaniak: Where do I sign?

MR HUMPHRIES: I would if we could, Mr Stefaniak.

It continues: 10 weeks annual recreation leave; two years fully paid parental leave on the birth or adoption of a child; a fully paid 30-minute rest break every hour; free child care and health insurance; and a superannuation scheme with the employer contributing 50 per cent of an employee's annual salary. That is pretty extraordinary stuff, I think we would all agree. With demands like that apparently de rigueur in the sector, you can see why there is a demand for industrial relations reform in this country.

My view of this proposal is pretty clear. I wonder what the opposition's view of it is, given the connection there between the opposition and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Mr Stanhope: What connection is that?

MR HUMPHRIES: Your staff member, Mr Stanhope.

Mr Stanhope: Oh, so this is to do with my staff. It is an attack on my staff, is it?


Mr Stanhope: Oh, I see.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I call Mr Quinlan.

Mr Stefaniak: A negative device for an aggressive attack on my staff.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Quinlan has the call.

Mr Stanhope: What a joke!

MR SPEAKER: Be quiet, Mr Stanhope. It is being discourteous, anyway; your colleague is about to ask a question.

Mr Stanhope: The depths to which you descend.

MR SPEAKER: That was not directed at me, so I shall ignore it.

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