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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 November 1985)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 November 1985)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Tuesday 19 November 1985 The member for Koolpinyah was concerned about clause 53(2). She was worried about the intent of the bill in relation to the recovery of fines imposed by the secretary. She thought that the provision placed an unfair imposition on the employer to collect the fine. I think that the apprentices who are coming into the workforce these days are responsible. If there are any disciplinary fines, I am quite sure they will be very limited and therefore not onerous for the employer to collect. I have also circulated an amendment schedule which I will now deal with. One error was picked up by the member for Koolpinyah. In clause 32, the word 'employee' appeared instead of 'employer'. I hate to think that the Deputy Leader of the Opposition also made mention of that. That will be amended in the committee stage. Clause 70 needs amendment to take into account the neccessity to preserve the audit and reporting requirements in respect of the former Vocational Training Commission, particularly for the 1984-85 and 1985-86 years. As members will be aware, with the passing of this legislation, the Vocational Training Commission Act will be repealed. The purpose of this amendment is to deem the departmental head of the Department of Industry and Small Business as being the commissioner or the chairman, as the case may be, to comply with the provisions of the Financial Administration and Audit Act and the Public Service Act. In conclusion, I thank members for their contributions to the debate. The Industry and Employment Training Bill will be very important for the development of our youngsters in training. I have been at great pains to try to flush out the various problems associated with setting up the new department. I believe that, once this piece of legislation is in place, the department will be able to move far more quickly than it has over the last 10 months. At the same time, the old VTC committee has remained practically intact and has provided advice to the department. During the early stages of framing this legislation, I was able to retain the services of the former Chairman of the Vocational Training Commission, Mr Geoff Chard, who is now with the Northern Territory Development Corporation. I am not saying that this piece of legislation will stand as it is forever and a day. I am quite sure that, as further recommendations emanate from the Kirby Report, and in an effort to strengthen the legislation for the training of apprentices, no doubt we will be back to amend the legislation. Once again, I thank all members for their contributions, especially my colleague, the member for Koolpi~yah. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. In committee: Clauses 1 to 5 agreed to. Clause 6: Mr SMITH: Mr Chairman, I move amendments 45.1 and 45.2. We have moved these amendments in order to provide for a majority on the advisory council to be the representatives of the employers and employees combined. At present, the employers and employees combined constitute 4 out of the 9. Under our proposal, they will constitute 6 out of the 9. In 1873

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