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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)


Debates for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983




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DEBATES - Wednesday 19 August 1981 Clause 14, as amended, agreed to. Clauses 15 to 17 agreed to. Schedule 1 agreed to. Schedule 2: Mr LEO: I move amendment 49.3. What happens at the moment in the Territory is that Show Day is celebrated by those Territorians who are fortunate enough to live in a place where a show goes on and by public servants. I would like to see 'Show Day' inserted into the schedule so that the same number of public holidays is observed by all Territorians. You will note that the bill provides for no specific date. It is at the minister's discretion. The place is at the minister's discretion. It would provide for the same number of public holidays throughout the Territory no matter where you live. Mr EVERINGHAM: I oppose the proposed amendment. The bill already provides for other days to be gazetted by the minister as public or bank holidays and this would cover show days. Mr ISAACS: Mr Chairman, if you follow the Chief Minister's logic, you would not have any public holidays in schedule 2 because you could say they are all at the discretion of the appropriate minister. Show Day is an accepted holiday. Everybody knows about Show Day. For years Show Day was in fact applied to people not covered by awards but did not apply to people covered by awards. That has been fixed up thankfully by the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission making a decision that, if a government decrees a public holiday. in a locality, then an award employee will get that holiday as well. I think it is a matter of tidiness. Many people look to the Public Holidays Act to see what holidays are available to them. Show Day is an accepted holiday. Everybody knows it by its name. I think it is an appropriate insertion in the schedule. It has as much standing as May Day, Picnic Day and so on. It is a recognised holiday in the Northern Territory. We believe it ought to be demonstrated that way and inserted in the schedule. Amendment negatived. Schedule 2 agreed to. Title agreed to. LONG SERVICE LEAVE BILL (Serial 107) Postponed clause 8 and amendment moved by Mr Leo: Amendment, by leave, withdrawn. Mr ISAACS: I think this is just a formal amendment. We are dealing with subclause 8(3). I move that the word 'a' in the first line be deleted and replaced by the word 'any'. Amendment agreed to. Clause 8, as amended, agreed to. 1319