Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 1 Hansard (18 February) . . Page.. 118 ..
MS TUCKER (4.30): The Greens support this bill. The intention is to make sure that employees are not disadvantaged, will not lose entitlements, and are covered by the same conditions as the Public Sector Management Act provides, and the bill seems to be worthy of support.
MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Community Care and Minister for Planning) (4.31), in reply: I thank members for their support for this legislation.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Clauses 1 to 4, by leave, taken together and agreed to.
MR CORBELL (Minister for Health and Community Care and Minister for Planning) (4.32): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 126].
Mr Deputy Speaker, following the tabling of the bill it was brought to my attention by Parliamentary Counsel that there was a need for a technical amendment, with proposed new section 39A needing to be amended to change the wording of the final part of subsection (1) so that it actually means before the gazettal of the bill, not the commencement of the section. This is, as I say, a technical amendment required to ensure that this section has the desired effect of covering staff employed between 1 January 2002 and now.
Amendment agreed to.
MS TUCKER (4.33): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 4 at page 126].
This amendment picks up a concern raised by the scrutiny of bills committee that the power granted to the Commissioner for Public Administration in order to ensure that the entitlements of staff, other than members of staff at an executive level, are protected are, in fact, too broad. Basically, this amendment is changing proposed new section 39B to say that the Commissioner for Public Administration may take any action, including giving directions, that the commissioner considers is necessary or desirable to protect employee entitlements. That is being done to confine those powers and make the intent of the provision explicit.