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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3360..

Questions without notice

Government office building

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister. Minister, how much has the government spent to date on research, consultants, planning and any other aspect of the whole-of-government office building project?

MR BARR: I understand the work totals to date more than a million dollars. I will get the exact figure. Obviously there is a further appropriation this financial year that was contained in the last budget. It certainly is north of a million dollars, and I will get the exact figure. I have a feeling it may actually be closer to $2 million or $3 million, but I am happy to get that figure for the Leader of the Opposition.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you. Of the total spent to date, how much was spent on market testing this project?

MR BARR: I think that would depend a little on how one defines market testing, but perhaps we will give it its most broad and generous definition and get that information for the Leader of the Opposition.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what consultation occurred with the private sector during the expenditure of this project to date?

MR BARR: An extensive amount, as I understand all of the consultants engaged in the project were from the private sector.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what community consultation occurred with the ACT taxpayers during the expenditure of this project to date?

MR BARR: There has been robust community discussion in relation to the project I think from the time it was first announced, Mr Speaker.

ACT Policing—tasers

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and relates to tasers. Minister, last year this Assembly passed a motion which stated that "the government will report to the ACT Assembly on the outcome of the ACT policing review"and "any expansion in the use of tasers shall only occur on the grounds of improved public and/or police safety and will be supported by evidence."That review was completed in February of this year. Minister, given that the report was completed six months ago, why have you not reported back to the Assembly, and will you table a copy of the report in the Assembly today?

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