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Wednesday, 19 November 1997
Page: 9161


Senator FAULKNER (Leader of the Opposition in the Senate)(5.19 p.m.) —I will take the same approach to opposition amendments Nos 11, 12, 36, 41, 42 and 47. I seek leave to move the amendments together.

Leave granted.


Senator FAULKNER —I move:

(11)   Clause 11, page 8 (line 19), omit "may", substitute "must".

      Note:   The heading to clause 11 is replaced with the heading "Commissioner must give advice to Presiding Officers about Parliamentary Service Values ".

(12)   Clause 11, page 8 (after line 23), at the end of the clause, add:

   (2)   The Presiding Officers must issue written determinations under section 70 in relation to each of the Parliamentary Service Values, having regard to any advice received from the Commissioner under subsection (1).

   (3)   If a determination issued under subsection (2) is not in accordance with advice received from the Commissioner, the Presiding Officers must cause to be laid before each House of the Parliament a report explaining why they have not accepted the Commissioner's advice.

(36)   Clause 35, page 19 (lines 18 to 20), omit the clause, substitute:

35 Presiding Officers' determinations on SES matters

   (1)   Following the receipt of advice from the Commissioner, the Presiding Officers must issue determinations in writing about employment matters relating to SES employees, including engagement, promotion, redeployment, mobility and termination.

   (2)   If a determination issued under subsection (1) is not in accordance with advice received from the Commissioner, the Presiding Officers must cause to be laid before each House of the Parliament a report explaining why they have not accepted the Commissioner's advice.

(41)   Clause 48, page 25 (lines 16 and 17), omit "to the Parliamentary Service Commissioner".

(42)   Clause 48, page 25 (line 18), at the end of subclause (1), add "to the Presiding Officers for presentation to the Parliament".

(47)   Clause 64, page 33 (after line 15), at the end of the clause, add:

   (2)   The report is to be prepared in accordance with guidelines approved by the Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit on behalf of the Parliament.

Amendments agreed to.