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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 August 2017) . . Page.. 2385 ..

I have not done anything nefarious. I have not been sitting on it in some sinister way. However, the government have had this report since February last year and some of the content since November the previous year. They have been sitting on it and they have resisted, as Mr Corbell did, telling the opposition, telling the Assembly and telling the people of the ACT what they were going to spend their money on. I am glad that this report has seen the light of day and that the Assembly has now agreed that the appropriate way forward is to tell the Assembly and to tell the people of the ACT what the government are going to spend their money on and to give assurance to the people of the ACT that the government are taking the issues of maintenance at the hospital seriously and that we will not expect to see repeats of the near disaster that we had in April. I commend the motion to the Assembly. I thank the members of the Assembly for their support on this matter.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Schools—workplace safety education

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.16): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that for over a decade Unions ACT and unions have been invited to ACT government schools and colleges regularly to talk to students about workplace safety rights;

(b) that the ACT Education Directorate Workplace Learning Program Guidelines and Requirements 2017 states that students are required to receive information about their workplace safety rights and responsibilities in preparation for workplace experience placements;

(c) the strong political affiliation between ACT Labor and Unions ACT;

(d) reports from parents that work experience information sessions provided by Unions ACT were used as an opportunity to recruit members;

(e) WorkSafe ACT’s role as the primary enforcer of the Territory’s health and safety and workers compensation laws through a mixture of education and compliance activities; and

(f) the ACT Government’s refusal to answer questions about the appropriateness of third-party organisations recruiting members in schools; and

(2) calls on the:

(a) ACT Government to explain why WorkSafe ACT do not currently provide and deliver workplace safety rights and responsibilities programs in ACT government schools;

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