ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0345 Wayne Berry Papers

Call Number

HMSS 0345

Collection 

Wayne Berry Papers

Date Range

1979-2008

Quantity

0.88m (5 manuscript boxes)

Access Conditions

unstated

Copying conditions

unstated

Related Collections

 

Wayne Berry was born in Sydney in 1942 and educated in Taree, NSW. He served in the NSW Fire Service 1963-1972 and the ACT Fire Brigade 1972-1989. He is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers (UK) and was a member of the Federal Firefighters Union, serving as National President 1986-1989.

In the post self-government ACT Legislative Assembly he was an Australian Labor Party representative for the electorate of Canberra 1989-1995 and for Ginninderra 1995-2008. He was Deputy Chief Minister 1991-1994, Leader of the Opposition 1997-1998, Speaker of the Assembly 2001-2008, Minister for Community Services and Health 1989 and Minister for Health, Industrial Relations and Sport 1991-1994. He also chaired the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care.

Wayne Berry campaigned strongly on pro-choice and abortion decriminalisation initiatives, eventually successfully lobbying for abortion to be decriminalised in 2002. However, in 2006 he was unsuccessful in lobbying the then Governor-General not to disallow the ACT’s civil union legislation.

The collection consists mainly of reports, photocopies of correspondence, media releases and flyers, all from or relating to the office of the Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly. Some predate Wayne Berry’s period as Speaker. There are several folders of his own legislative initiatives, especially on occupational health and safety issues, and a list of his political achievements during his time in office.  Most publications have been incorporated in the ACT Heritage Library collection.

BOX LIST

BOX
NO.

DESCRIPTION

QUANTITY

DATE RANGE

1

ACT ADMINISTRATION
This was an interim arrangement between the abolition of the ACT House of Assembly in 1986 and the establishment of the ACT legislative Assembly in 1989

 

March – December 1988

 

Canberra: Planning a Fair Community. Consultant’s report to the ACT Administration on the development of an ACT Social Justice Strategy

1 folder

December 1988

 

First Report of the ACT Administration on Fraud Control Initiatives

1 booklet

March 1988

 

 

 

 

1

ACT GOVERNMENT ADVISORY GROUP
The Advisory Group was established to provide a transition from Commonwealth to Territory administration. Three meetings were held in April and May 1989

 

April – May 1989

 

Meeting no. 1, 12 April 1989: agenda and background papers
Meeting no. 3, 3 May 1989: papers; also includes notes for discussion arising from meeting no. 2 held on 20 April

2 folders

 

 

 

 

 

1

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

 

13 May 1989 – 2008

 

Papers relating to the opening session of the First Assembly, including the first day’s program, telephone numbers, room allocations, briefing papers, legislation program, ministerial councils and inquiries

1 folder

13 May 1989

 

Papers relating to the opening session of the Third Assembly, including an options paper:  A Review of the Assembly Committee System, February 1995

1 folder

9 March 1995

 

Standing and Temporary Orders

1 booklet

29 June 1989

 

Code of Conduct for Ministers

1 booklet

August 1998

 

Members’ staffing arrangements and salary allocations: includes schedules, correspondence with the Chief Minister

1 folder

2001 – 2008

 

Mace: design, correspondence, media releases,

1 folder

March 2003 – July 2004

 

Lecterns: these were donated as art works by Wayne Berry as a parting gift to the Assembly, and were made from timber salvaged from Mt Stromlo after the bushfires of 2003; includes design, correspondence, 2 CDs of photographs of the launch on 31 October 2006, other photographs, guidelines for use

1 folder

2003 – 2007

 

Logo: design presentation booklets by Starcom, correspondence, guidelines for use

1 folder

2003 – 2008

 

 

 

 

1

BUDGET STATEMENTS

 

July 1989 – 17  September 1991

 

Budget 1989-90 Initial Statement: - Public consultation package
- Media releases

1 folder

 

 

Budget 1991-92: Media releases

1 sleeve

September 1991

 

 

 

 

2

REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL

 

1989 – 2008

 

Correspondence, rulings, comparative studies with other jurisdictions

1 folder

1989 – 2008

 

Members’ travel

1 folder

2001 – 2007

 

 

 

 

2

LEGISLATION ACTION
Documents the development of legislation introduced into the ACT Assembly

1 folder

1989 – 2006

 

 

 

 

2

NSW – ACT CONSULTATIVE FORUM PAPERS FOR MEETING 7 DECEMBER 1990

 

 

 

- Extractive industries, October 1990
- Roads
- Proposed major Canberra/Bathurst route
- The regional economy
- South East Region Economic Development Strategy Progress Report

1 folder

October 1990

 

 

 

 

2

COMMUNITY HEALTH ISSUES
Wayne Berry was Minister for Community Services and Health 1989 and Minister for Health, Industrial Relations and Sport 1991-1994. He also chaired the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care

 

1985 – 2002

2

Press releases issued by the Minister for Community Services and Health

1 folder

May – December 1989

2

ACT Health legislation, copies for amendment

1 folder

1985, 1989

2

Occupational Health and Safety – on the spot fines

1 folder

2000 – 2001

2

Occupational Health and Safety 1999:  A – Coronial inquiries
Includes other matters, legislation and amendments

1 folder

1998 – 2002

2

Occupational Health and Safety: B – Bill
Includes drafts of and amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, WorkCover Authority Bill 1999, explanatory memoranda, correspondence, media releases, and related papers and Acts

1 folder

1987 – 2000

2

Inquiry into management in ACT Health: report

1 folder

1991

2

Abortion
- Letters from the Pro-Choice Campaign
- Vote for Life in Ginninderra, 1997
- ACT abortion law reform

1 folder, 2 sleeves

2001 – 2002

 

 

 

 

3

TOTALCARE
- Jobs: matters relating to its absorption into the ACT Public Service, especially staff entitlements and future employment, and redistribution of tasks into the Department of Urban Services, 2001 – 2005
- Media releases, newscuttings, 1996 – 2003

2 folders

1996 – 2005

 

 

1 folder

 

3

UNION PICNIC DAY
In 1996 private sector employers proposed the abolition of the Union Picnic Day. Wayne Berry introduced the Holidays (Amendment) Bill 1997 in support of this long-standing holiday, which was upheld by the Federal Court in December 1998.

Includes correspondence, submissions, copies of legislation and debates in the Assembly, media releases, newscuttings

1 folder

1996 – 2006

 

 

 

 

3

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS ISSUES

 

1979 – 2002

 

Advanced Industrial Officers Course - Course notes and reference material

1 folder

1979

 

ACT Industrial Tribunal – papers relating to the establishment of a tribunal in the ACT

1 folder

1992

 

Industrial Manslaughter – background papers and report on the Crimes (Industrial Manslaughter) Amendment Bill 2002

1 folder

2002

 

 

 

 

3

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Papers relating mainly to two rounds of school closures and amalgamations, in 1989-90 and 2000

 

1989 – 2000

 

School closures:
- Reports, petitions, media releases and correspondence from Save Our Schools and other community groups
- Media releases from Wayne Berry and other Assembly members
- Constituent enquire sheets and correspondence with Wayne Berry
- Newscuttings and extracts from ACT Hansard

1 folder

1990 – 2000

 

Michael Moore on Preschool closures

1 folder

1989

 

 

 

 

3

TOBACCO COMPANY ADVERTISING AND SPONSORSHIP IN RUGBY LEAGUE
Wayne Berry was Minister for Sport 1991-1994; during this time the issue of tobacco advertising at sports grounds and tobacco company sponsorship of sporting teams was addressed by the Assembly

 

1992

 

Includes correspondence with Canberra Raiders Rugby League Football Club and NSW Rugby League over signage at Bruce Stadium and sponsorship of the Canberra Raiders

1 folder

 

 

 

 

 

4

FEEL THE POWER
This was a Canberra promotion campaign launched by the Carnell government in 1997 to appeal to business, tourism, sport, education and the arts. Following an analysis of the campaign in October 1999, it was gradually discontinued

 

1997 – 1999

4

Feel the Power:
- The Australian Capital Region Investment Prospectus, 1997
- Results of surveys and telephone polls, 1998
- Questions in the Legislative Assembly
- Outcomes of Market Research Undertaken by Purdon Associates and MARS Pty Ltd, October 1999
- Market Attitude Research Services Pty Ltd. Evaluation of Marketing Materials Promoting Canberra as a Business Location; Final Report, 5 October 1999
- Purdon Associates Pty Ltd. Perceptions of Canberra as a Business Destination; Business Survey, August 1999
- Correspondence, media releases, newscuttings

1 folder

1997 – 1999

4

Feel the Power – correspondence, media, ACT Hansard (includes index)

1 folder

September – October 1997

 

 

 

 

4

VITAB – ACTTAB INQUIRY
In 1993 VITAB approached ACTTAB re the provision of computer facilities for their proposed Vanuatu-based company. These files include details of the negotiations between VITAB, ACTTAB, NSWTAB and VICTAB over this agreement and a SuperTAB arrangement, and the involvement of Wayne Berry and his subsequent exoneration by the Pearce Report. It includes a chronology of events.

3 files

1993 – 1994

 

 

 

 

4

LICENSED CLUBS – POKER MACHINES

 

1997 – 2002

 

Includes
- photocopies of agreements between the Planning and Land Authority and various licensed clubs
- Labor Party policy relating to poker machines and the poker machine tax
- draft amendments to the Gaming Machines Bill 1997 and 2000
- correspondence
- questions in the Assembly
- newscuttings and media releases

1 folder

 

 

 

 

 

4

EMPLOYMENT AGENTS

 

1998 – 1999

 

Agents (Amendment) Bill 1998 – correspondence from stakeholders, surveys, draft legislation, Assembly committee papers, explanatory memorandum, tabling statement

2 folders

 

 

 

 

 

5

BELCONNEN GOLF COURSE

 

 

 

Golf Course campaign papers, including submissions to the ACT House of Assembly and the National Capital Development Commission, maps, planning documents, correspondence, newscuttings

1 folder

1982

 

- Variations to the Territory Plan to accommodate the golf course
- Residential development plans for the golf course

2 folders

1993 – 2006

 

 

 

 

5

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE

 

1990 – 2008

 

Canberra Times re Assembly matters reported or commented upon

1 folder

1990 – 2007

 

United Nations re UN Friendship Group, and Climate Change Conference

1 sleeve

2007 – 2008

 

ACT Auditor-General re the impact of the Parliamentary Privileges Act 1987 (Cwealth) on the work of the ACT Auditor-General

11 sleeve

2008

 

 

 

 

5

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FOLLET LABOR GOVERNMENTS
Two booklets and media statements

1 folder

1989 – 1994

 

 

 

 

5

ACHIEVEMENTS OF WAYNE BERRY

1 folder

1997 – 2000

 

 

 

 

5

WAYNE BERRY PERSONAL PAPERS
Includes resignation statements, greeting cards, election statements, question on notice concerning Jim Murphy’s advertising trailer

1 folder

1999 – 2008

 

 

 

 

5

CHIEF MINISTER – PUBLICITY
Media Monitors newscuttings on Jon Stanhope as Chief Minister

1 folder

2005