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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (27 October) . . Page.. 5157..


MR CORBELL: There has been a series of detailed investigations into the cause of and the circumstances surrounding the collapse of the formwork associated with the concrete pour for that bridge. Those reports are currently before ACT WorkSafe. WorkSafe will determine what steps need to be taken in relation to any enforcement or prosecution action.

TAMS is closely engaged with the WorkSafe process, as are the contractors and subcontractors involved. Appropriate lessons will be identified as a result of that ongoing process. I would be happy to extend to opposition members a more detailed briefing if they are genuinely interested in the circumstances so that they can understand what steps have been taken to date.

Gungahlin Drive extension—bridge collapse

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Acting Minister for Transport and is related to the collapse of the bridge over the Barton Highway on 14 August. Minister, were the plans for the span of stage 2 over the Barton Highway the same as the span of stage 1, which was constructed a few years ago?

MR CORBELL: I would have to take that question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what documents from stage 1 were given to the contractors on stage 2?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe?

MR COE: Minister, what bodies—for example, teams, committees or working groups—and from what agencies are tasked with dealing with the response to the bridge collapse?

MR CORBELL: WorkSafe ACT are the key investigative body from the government's perspective. WorkSafe ACT have responsibilities under the relevant occupational health and safety legislation to investigate and, if necessary, take enforcement or compliance action or prosecution action in relation to the circumstances surrounding that bridge collapse.

I know that the minister, Mr Stanhope, has previously provided advice to Mr Coe about the range of steps that are being taken. I would be happy to provide further advice to Mr Coe and to arrange for officials—

Mr Hanson: This is why you don't take leave during a sitting week, isn't it, really?

MR CORBELL: You guys are so childish.

Mr Seselja: We're not getting answers, Simon. We're not getting answers.


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