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give the same support to contractors in the building and construction industry under the act that they have if they operate in New South Wales, Queensland or other jurisdictions. Following consultation with other jurisdictions and with representatives of the building and construction industry in the ACT, planning for the introduction of the scheme is now well advanced and I plan to bring a bill to introduce the scheme to the Assembly in the spring.

A review of workers compensation arrangements in the ACT was completed in late 2007. Among other things, the review recommended the conduct of an actuarial report on the ACT scheme. With the completion of this review imminent, I look forward to consulting with workers compensation stakeholders in 2009-10. Without pre-empting that consultation, I anticipate the implementation of a number of recommendations from the review over 2009-10, along with other measures all designed to ensure the most efficient scheme possible and a scheme which balances fair and equitable premiums, while protecting the interests of injured workers.

Madam Deputy Speaker, I note the comments by members in the report. I thank the committee members for their comments. I note that since there were no recommendations in there, quite clearly the committee is thrilled to the back teeth about the activities of the Stanhope Labor government.

Debate interrupted.


MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Burch): Before we move on, I draw members’ attention to the Weston Creek scout group that we have present. Welcome to the debate on the 2009-2010 budget.

Members: Hear, hear!

Appropriation Bill 2009-2010

[Cognate paper:
Estimates 2009-2010—Select Committee report—government response]

Detail stage

Schedule 1—Appropriations.

Proposed expenditure—Part 1.4—Chief Minister’s Department, $45,218,000 (net cost of outputs) and $13,444,000 (capital injection), totalling $58,662,000.

Debate resumed.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: The question is that the proposed expenditure be agreed to.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (5.30): My colleague Ms Hunter has already spoken at some length about indicators and the role of the Chief Minister’s Department in

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