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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2306 ..



They do a good job and there is no denying that. But it is not true to couple Volunteering ACT with all volunteers in the territory.

I was a volunteer in the territory before I ever heard of Volunteering ACT. I have given my time to junior sport and various other organisations. However, they have a role. Everybody who has jumped onto this bandwagon has said, "We've found a motherhood issue-let's climb all over it."I think every speaker who has lamped onto and spoken about this matter has been totally lacking in originality.

You have to ask: if you had one more bundle of $50,000 in the territory to expend on whatever you wish, to give to whatever cause you wish and to meet whatever unmet need you wish, would it go to Volunteering ACT, which does enjoy concessional accommodation in a building, I happen to be able to say, that I bought many years ago as president of the Canberra Labor Club for the purposes of setting up as a community centre? So, Mrs Dunne, I think it is very difficult. I think it is pathetic that so many members have made this motherhood issue the centrepiece of their speeches, as if they are unable to cast around and find some other criticism to get worked up about.

That is all I wanted to say. I just wanted to clarify the point that they did receive additional funding in a year; there was apparently an expectation that it would continue; they now receive more funding than they did before the Year of the Volunteer; and we are not their only source of funding and we are not their only source of succour.

Question put:

That Mr Smyth's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted-

	Ayes 8             		Noes 9

Mrs Burke	Mr Pratt  	Mr Berry  	Mr Quinlan
Mr Cornwell   	Mr Smyth  	Mr Corbell  	Mr Stanhope
Mrs Cross  	Mr Stefaniak  	Ms Gallagher  	Ms Tucker
Ms Dundas    			Mr Hargreaves  	Mr Wood
Mrs Dunne    			Ms MacDonald

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Proposed expenditure part 1.5-ACT WorkCover, $5,280,000 (net cost of outputs) and $164,000 (capital injection), totalling $5,444,000.


(4.14): I want to talk firstly about a couple of areas in WorkCover itself. I am pleased to see that the workers compensation relevant to terrorist attacks on work sites has been extended to April 2006. I think that is a sensible piece of work. The existing provisions of WorkCover seem to be successful. I do not think we have any

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