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Thursday, 25 October 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation:

Workers’ rights—petition 21-18

By Ms Cody, from 208 residents:

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

Cleaners, security officers, catering staff and many other workers who are employed by contract companies work hard to provide services to the ACT Community. This work is often unseen and in the majority of cases performed by workers who have been born overseas.

Wage theft and other unsavoury employment practices have developed throughout many contract industries as has each company either engages in a race to the bottom on wages and safety to win work or to maximise profit.

Vulnerable workers who either do not know their rights or do know their rights but are too afraid to demand them are left to pay the price.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Please support the Government Procurement (Secure Local Jobs) Amendment Bill 2018 to make sure that ACT Government only does business with companies that respect workers’ rights.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

Ministerial response

The following response to a petition has been lodged:

Eating disorder healthcare services—petition 7-18

By Mr Rattenbury, Minister for Minister for Mental Health, in response to a petition lodged by Mr Pettersson on 31 July 2018 concerning eating disorder healthcare services in the ACT.

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