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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 15 October 2009) . . Page.. 4544 ..

MR HARGREAVES: Yes, a slap from you lot. You have got a little bloke sitting next to you, mate.

Mr Seselja: A slap for Simon. What a slap! Another slap for Simon. You keep slapping Simon.

MR HARGREAVES: You know what happened when he was involved in responsible planning—and your mate; you booted him up to the Senate—

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Seselja and Mr Hargreaves.

Mr Seselja: Keep slapping him, mate.

MR HARGREAVES: You gave him a good old-fashioned boot up to the Senate, didn’t you.

Mr Seselja: You are doing a good job; Simon will be pleased.

MR HARGREAVES: Yes, the best thing that ever happened to this Assembly was Senator Humphries’ elevation to the Senate, let me tell you. Yes, good on you. Yes, I thought I can make you bark. It did not take long.

Madam Deputy Speaker, earlier this year I wrote to the Minister for Planning seeking his consideration to this function being located within ACTPLA. I am pleased to say that the minister agreed that with its other statutory functions in the building and construction industry, ACTPLA would be the appropriate location for the administration and licensing for security of payment. The act’s building and construction industry, and particularly subcontractors, will benefit substantially from the introduction of this legislation.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to the officers in the office of industrial relations for all of the work that they have done to bring this about and bring this before the Assembly but also, and most importantly, for all of the support they have given me in my time as Minister for Industrial Relations. Also, while I am at it, I thank every other officer that I have ever had anything to do with. They are a magic bunch of people.

Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja) adjourned to the next sitting.

Education (Participation) Amendment Bill 2009

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

Title read by Clerk.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (11.11): I move:

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