Page 2744 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 23 June 2009

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Supplementary answer to question without notice

Planning—west Macgregor

MR BARR: Madam Assistant Speaker Le Couteur, I seek leave of the Assembly to add to an answer I gave in question time today. It is in relation to a question you asked me.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Madam Assistant Speaker, today you asked me a question in relation to a technical variation for west Macgregor. I indicated in my answer that the additional yield was as a result of some additional land being granted. That additional land has been granted and it will result in additional yield. I am advised that the technical variation relates to the original amount of land and that the increased yield from that original amount of land has been achieved. I am advised that through a number of innovative design measures and through more efficient use of the original grant of land there will be even more with the second englobo land grant.

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.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (7.39): I am going to comment on industrial relations. I notice the Minister for Industrial Relations intends to introduce a number of bills on Thursday, one of which is titled the portable long service legislation. I presume it brings us closer to the long promised portable long service scheme for the community sector, the progress of which—less than four weeks ago—there seemed to be little detail known about.

My office sought a briefing on a number of related IR matters. We raised the issue of bringing the proposed community sector scheme in under the same umbrella as one of the others and there was a fair bit of uncertainty and resistance in the response. It would seem from comments made in estimates hearings that this obvious proposition is now going to be taken up and some kind of consolidated scheme has been or is going to be developed.

I think this issue is pertinent to the whole question of industrial relations in a time of hardship and recession. One analysis would be that all jobs are at a premium and less is needed to make them attractive. On the other hand, given there is not so much money likely to be available in terms of wage rises, issues of working conditions

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