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Thursday, 7 May 2009

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Hargreaves, from 400 residents:

Long Service Leave (Contract Cleaning Industry) Act—petition No 98

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the ACT draws to the attention of the Assembly that -

Security Officers of the ACT urgently need to have their long service leave entitlements covered by the same scheme which already covers the cleaners of the ACT.

Security companies regularly win and lose security contracts. As a result officers can be engaged by a number of different employers whilst remaining in the industry for many years. Under the current laws, security officers find it difficult to remain with the one company long enough to qualify for long service leave.

Construction workers are entitled to portable long service leave – so that no matter how many employers that they work for, what counts is their time worked in that industry. Cleaners in 2000 also won this right. Security officers now face the situation that when facility management contracts change, the cleaners enjoy portable entitlements whilst the security officers do not.

The following petitioners call on the ACT Legislative Assembly to extend the current Long Service Leave (Contract Cleaning Industry) Act to form the Property Services Act to all Property Services employees.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Road Transport (Mass, Dimensions and Loading) Bill 2009

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage) (10.01): I move:

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