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Sensis, and are a great vote of confidence in the ACT economy and indeed, as much as our opponents, the Liberals, hate it, a significant vote of confidence in the government that is producing these figures and is marshalling this economic growth and this incredible boom in the life and vibrancy of the ACT. Canberra is now a city of an order that it has never been before and this government, despite your protestations, claims credit for that and will continue to do so.

I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64—Road Transport Legislation (Taxi Licences) Amendment Regulation 2006 (No 1)—

Disallowable Instrument DI2006-5 (LR, 6 March 2006).

Explanatory statement.

Statements by members

Industrial relations

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (3.22): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR MULCAHY: I just want to read a statement that has come to my attention from Mr Tony Charnock, Boral’s Regional General Manager, Construction Materials, New South Wales/ACT, issued to ABC and WIN television today. Mr Charnock says:

In good faith, we have decided to put Mr Bollard back onto Boral’s payroll while the matter is reviewed, the key question being whether Mr Bollard is fit to resume his pre-injury duties.

Unfortunately, our concrete drivers in Canberra have decided to instigate unlawful strike action rather than to talk to us first which they’re obliged to do under their Enterprise Agreement if they dispute something that we have done. The new IR laws have had no influence over our decision to terminate Mr Bollard’s employment. If Mr Bollard does not agree with Boral’s decision he is able to challenge it under the new IR laws just as he was able to challenge it prior to the new laws coming in on Monday.

Tim Bollard has been an employee of Boral’s for some three and a half years. Around two years ago he injured his shoulder on the job and ever since has been unable to perform his original duties. Since that time Boral has provided him with alternate duties and has been working with him to try and get him back to his original duties.

Under ACT law—

Members interjecting—

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