Debates Day 6 - Thursday 19 October 2017
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DEBATES Thursday 19 October 2017 2729 ASSEMBLY MEMBERS AND STATUTORY OFFICERS (REMUNERATION AND OTHER ENTITLEMENTS) AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 27) Continued from 24 August 2017. Mr HIGGINS (Opposition Leader): Madam Speaker, I support this amendment. According to the Chief Minister this bill seeks to amend the current act to clean up some superfluous language in regard to ministerial powers, which should not and no longer exist, and to remove the power of this Assembly to disallow all or part of the Remuneration Tribunals determination. The one thing I want to put on the record is that the current determination has some problems with it. Most members realise that. When this is reviewed before or at the end of next year we, as a party, need to ensure that determination is cleaned up to make a few items very clear. That will be done during 2018. Mr GUNNER (Chief Minister): Madam Speaker, I appreciate the support from the Leader of the Opposition. This bill is making the RTD genuinely independent. Captured by the Leader of the Oppositions comments ismaking quality submissions to the RTD so there are not errors made along the way. There are some concerns about electorate officers in particular and some of those arrangements. That is about making sure that next time around there is a submission process and those things are raised. Generally the RTD takes on those genuine concerns and deals with them. Sometimes you have to do that from submission to submission. One important thing we are establishing in this bill is a complete separation between the RTD and us. The belief we have, and the Opposition Leader shares, is that we should not set our pay and conditions. It should be done independently. This will now, finally, ensure this is genuinely independent of us, which I believe the public wants. We should not decide what we earn. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. Mr GUNNER (Chief Minister)(by leave): Madam Speaker, I move that the bill now be read a third time. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. MOTION Note Statement Early Childhood Development Plan Continued from 18 October 2017. Ms LAWLER (Education): Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to join Hon Nicole Manison, the Minister for Children, in launching this governments draft plan for improving outcomes for Territory children earlier this month at the Murraya Childrens Centre. What a beautiful childcare centre that is in Leanyer. The Minister for Childrens son goes there, so it just goes to show what a wonderful place it is. It was the first childcare to meet the exceeding level, or it might have been the excellent level. It was wonderful to be at the Murraya Childrens Centre to launch our Starting Early for a Better Future draft plan. Starting Early for a Better Future is an ambitious 10-year plan to address the disadvantage and inequity many young children in the Territory face as they grow up. As Minister Manison said, the evidence is clear that too many children are falling behind and the time to act is now. We cannot leave it up to future generations to deal with these critical and complex issues that will impact on the lives of Territorians in the future. Improving outcomes for children and the Territorys future requires commitment and action from us all. That is why it is so important that families, communities, service providers, experts and stakeholders all have a say on the draft plan and what we can do to ensure children get a better start in life. I am proud to be a member of the childrens sub-committee of Cabinet, along with my colleagues the Minster for Children, the Minister for Health, the Minister for Housing and Community Development and the Minister for Territory Families. We have placed children at the heart of this governments agenda. Starting Early for a Better Future provides government service providers, communities and families with a way forward to better support families and
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