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the government response. The reforms will cover all stakeholders involved in the sector—government, workers, trainers and educators, and the private companies in the industry itself.
The Greens will be following the implementation of the recommendations with interest. In my view, one of the most challenging areas will be the ongoing engagement and compliance of the private sector. I think that the government’s response of convening the working group, consisting of key private sector representatives, is a good approach and I believe that all members are participating in that in good faith.
I would also like to put on record the Greens’ support for Ms Lynelle Briggs, who chaired the inquiry panel, and Mr McCabe, the Work Safety Commissioner. I think that the work they have done is excellent and was long needed. Mr McCabe’s recent proactive “blitzes” on worksites, identifying safety issues, are welcome and I think essential to changing the culture in the sector to have a greater focus on safety.
I hope that this is the beginning of a major turnaround in the ACT construction sector, and I share the report’s longer term goal of the ACT growing to be a leader in construction safety.
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee
Scrutiny report 3
MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition): I present the following report:
Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 3, dated 25 February 2013, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings
I seek leave to make a brief statement.
MR HANSON: Scrutiny report 3 contains the committee’s comments on three bills, 51 pieces of subordinate legislation and three government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.
Madam Speaker, I apologise for my tardiness this morning. I note that the next item of business is removing me from the committee, so I hope the two issues are not connected!
I will take this opportunity to thank the committee members and secretariat for what has been for me a very interesting and informative process. So Max, thank you, and thanks also to the deputy chair, Mr Gentleman, Yvette Berry and Giulia Jones. I think we all have learned a lot more about the legislative process, the scrutiny process and the Human Rights Act by being on the committee, and I thank the members. I look forward to enjoying the future work of the committee; I will miss it.