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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 5824..

Workplace bullying—Cotter Dam site

MR COE: My question is for the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, there have been reports about concerns over safety and bullying of whistleblowers at the Cotter Dam project site. Minister, what safety and bullying incidents are you aware of at the Cotter Dam project site?

MR CORBELL: Could you repeat the last part of your question, Mr Coe? I did not quite hear you.

Mr Coe: What safety and bullying incidents are you aware of at the site?

MR CORBELL: I am aware that currently there is some industrial angst at the Cotter Dam site. There have been allegations made about workplace behaviour. I am aware that those matters are being investigated to the extent they can be by WorkSafe ACT. It is important to stress also that the commonwealth has OH&S coverage at the site because a number of the contractors at the site are covered under the commonwealth workplace safety arrangements.

MR COE: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, in the event that that investigation does expose that there have been safety concerns around whistleblowers and bullying incidents, what action will you take?

MR CORBELL: I do not think I can say what action will be taken based on an event that has not yet occurred or been determined to have occurred.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, what policies and procedures are in place at the Cotter Dam project site to deal with safety and bullying incidents?

MR CORBELL: Policies and procedures that are place at the Cotter Dam site are the responsibility of the contractor at the site. They are required to meet their obligations under territory and commonwealth workplace laws.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, what evidence have you seen that assures you that safety and bullying issues at the Cotter Dam project site are under control?

MR CORBELL: It is not for me to reach a view on those matters. If there are concerns about these issues, they are investigated by the appropriate regulatory authorities.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

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