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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Page: 3433

Second Reading

Debate resumed on the motion:

That this bill be now read a second time.

to which the following amendment was moved:

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."