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Board consists of representatives of employer groups, employee associations and members independent of either, and I would like to thank the board for undertaking the review of the act and proposing changes that improve the performance and nature of the various portable long service leave schemes. I look forward to working with the authority and the board in future, particularly on addressing the health of the funds in this challenging economic climate.

It should be remembered that the ACT leads the way in Australia in the provision of workers’ entitlements through portable long service leave schemes. We were the first jurisdiction to introduce a scheme for cleaning workers and have since been followed by Queensland and very recently New South Wales. We are the only jurisdiction to have introduced a scheme for community workers and it is also our intention to introduce a scheme, in the near future, for security workers.

Informal consultation is currently taking place with the security industry and I intend to release an exposure draft and discussion paper on the proposed security scheme before Christmas. This will facilitate a full consultation process on the proposal. I look forward to working with the security industry to develop a suitable portable long service leave scheme. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Standing and temporary orders—amendment

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (11.23): I move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper relating to the membership of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure:

That standing order 16 be amended by omitting paragraph (b) and substituting:

“(b) the Committee shall consist of:

(i) the Speaker;

(ii) the Government whip;

(iii) the Opposition whip; and

(iv) a representative of the crossbench (or if a single party, the whip of that party).”.

I bring this motion forward because I believe that the processes in this parliament will be improved as a consequence. Before going into the detail of the motion, I think some history will assist members. In 1998, when I joined the Assembly, Mr Corbell was the opposition whip and Mr Berry was the manager of opposition business. Neither received any allowance for the service they rendered. The government whip alone received the allowance. It is interesting that there were six of us then but only one government non-executive member. Now there are again six members of the opposition but two, and recently three, government non-executive members.

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