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These are valuable reforms and for consumers it means faster, easier access to services and saving time which can be better spent with friends and family. For business it means simplified processes, saving them time and money that can be reinvested in the growth of their business. The bill is yet another way in which this Labor government is creating a leaner, more efficient regulatory environment as a key driver for business growth. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.25 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Government—executive contracts

MR HANSON: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, earlier this week you tabled a set of executive contracts. You noted at the time that a number of those contracts were overdue for tabling. You did not note, however, that some of them were unsigned by the executive and were not dated at all. Chief Minister, what is the employment status of an executive who has an unsigned contract?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. I will have to go back and have a look at the contracts that were not signed. I did look through a number of them. This issue has arisen because I think Mr Hanson identified an issue around a particular employee’s employment contract. If it relates to a particular employee, I am aware of a couple that were not able to be located in Shared Services and were later recovered from the employing agency. It may be to do with that issue around not being able to find a contract, so a copy of the contract may have been issued for the purposes of tabling only. But I would have to take further advice on that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you, minister. When you are doing that, can you also confirm what the employment status is if the contract is both undated and also overdue?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, I will take that on notice in relation to the unsigned contracts.

Mr Hanson: Any of the unsigned contracts that you tabled—

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