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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 3337 ..

MR SMYTH: Not of the new scheme, Mr Berry. With the new database and the information that we will gather over the coming period, it would be reasonable to conduct the actuarial study based on the data provided by the scheme, and that is why we would be urging members not to support this amendment.

We would like to see the adoption of this scheme to protect workers who are injured. Like all new schemes that are contained in all new bills when they become law, we have to come back and look at the effects. What we have to do is make sure that we have got it right.

It is not uncommon for this place to come back and finetune a bill. Indeed, I suspect that we have finetuned several of Mr Berry's bills in the last couple of years because he acted in haste and we have had to clean up his mess. The government was left to clean up the mess that resulted from a litany of bills brought forward by Labor. I think the abolition of the Children's Court was one of them. Others included mistakes that were made in respect of the Long Service Leave Board and the cleaning industry.

I think the government approach is quite reasonable. We wish to include these items in the table when we see the effect of the scheme. We will do the assessment when the scheme is properly running. That is the only time you can do an assessment. We are quite happy to do the study but we need some data before we can do so. The government will oppose this amendment.

Question put:

That Mr Berry's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

 	Ayes, 7  				Noes, 8

 Mr Berry  	Mr Stanhope  		Mr Cornwell  	Mr Rugendyke
 Mr Corbell  	Ms Tucker  		Mr Hird  	Mr Smyth  
 Mr Hargreaves     			Mr Humphries  	Mr Stefaniak  
 Mr Osborne    				Mr Kaine  
 Mr Quinlan    				Mr Moore
Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Clause 2 agreed to.

Clause 3.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.20): Mr Speaker, I move government amendment No 1 to clause 3 [see schedule 2, at page 3475].

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