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    24   Social Security Legislation Amendment (Green Army Programme) Bill 2014

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the question—That the bill be now read a second time— And on the amendment moved thereto by Mr M. C. Butler, viz.— That all the words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading the House notes the:

(1)    program will be deeply flawed in its design and implementation given the poor environmental record of the current Government;

(2)    bill provides insufficient protections for participants in the areas of occupational health and safety, workers compensation and rehabilitation;

(3)    Government should clarify why participants do not have employee status even though they are to be removed from the social security system and paid an equivalent training wage;

(4)    Government must provide assurance that the Green Army Program will not displace or reduce employment opportunities for existing workers;

(5)    lack of detail of the training provisions in the program, namely specified minimum hours, provision of accredited recognised training and opportunities for ongoing training and career pathways; and

(6)    importance of supporting young people to make the transition to meaningful work and further training opportunities.”—

Debate resumed.

Mr Zappia addressing the House—

It being 1.30 pm, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 43, Mr Zappia was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.