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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2756 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

There is within amendment 40 protection of workers to ensure that they have conditions that are negotiated. Previously they were virtually within the original act, just brought down under the hand of the authority.

Amendment 44 increases the amount of information that might be forthcoming or commanded. Amendment 56 is purely a drafting amendment, as is amendment 68. Amendment 35 is fairly standard stuff these days. Amendment 78 really tightens up transitional transfer assets, rights and liabilities and includes provision for a disallowable instrument.

These amendments address at least the main reservations that were brought forward in members' speeches earlier. I remain confident that we have a decent result. As I said at the in-principle stage, the real key has been the agreement for a five-year contract that will take ACTION pretty well through the life of two Assemblies. If there is some proposal to change beyond that point, that proposal will be on the table around about an election year. I am very confident that ACTION will stay the way it is designed in this legislation for quite some considerable time. I commend these amendments to the house.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Road Transport (Public Passenger Services) Bill 2000

Debate resumed from 7 August 2001, on motion by Mr Smyth:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HARGREAVES (9.21): I have already spoken on the materiality of this bill. The opposition will be supporting the bill and the government's amendments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (9.21): I seek leave to move amendments Nos 1 to 30 circulated in my name together.

Leave granted.

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