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It was convicted in November 1995 of injuring a worker in an unguarded printing press. DiscSpeed received a $60,000 ACT BIS grant the following July. The next year, in August 1997, DiscSpeed was again convicted of injuring another employee in an unguarded printing press, this time an apprentice. This safety record did not stop the Liberals giving DiscSpeed yet more money through the Youth 500 subsidies only a couple of months later.

What about Mr Mulcahy’s statement this morning about workers injuring themselves on the weekend and claiming insurance on Monday? How about the gentleman who fell 2½ metres from a container at the airport and died, Mr Mulcahy? Did he perhaps die on the Saturday, rebirth and come in on the Monday to die again? Shared responsibility, I think not. Profit before responsibility, more likely. I implore Mr Mulcahy to engage in some discussion with workers before he puts before this Assembly any amendment that may affect their health and safety.

Question put:

That Mr Mulcahy’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Pratt

Dr Foskey

Mr Quinlan

Mr Seselja

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Bill, as a whole, agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Crimes (Offences Against Pregnant Women) Amendment Bill 2005

Debate resumed from 24 November 2005, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR PRATT (Brindabella) (5.21): Mr Speaker, the Crimes (Offences Against Pregnant Women) Bill was tabled by the Chief Minister in November last year apparently as a response to a bill I had previously tabled for protection of the unborn child, a bill that was rejected twice by the Stanhope government despite the fact that the second time it had been redrafted to address many of the concerns the government raised in its first rejection of my bill. It seems that, despite its outright rejection of my legislation without

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