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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 4 Hansard (28 March) . . Page.. 1419..


MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, in order to minimise casualisation and non-secure work at ACT government projects, will the government ensure that the contract to construct Majura parkway goes to a company that employs full-time workers and has a high standard of employment practices?

DR BOURKE: Mr Speaker, I think that is not for my portfolio; that is for the Treasurer.

MR SPEAKER: Treasurer, would you like to add anything?

MR BARR: The procurement processes for that project will take into account the pre-qualification requirements and the past performance of those who seek to bid for the work. Of course, the nature of the construction packages that will go out to the marketplace will clearly influence which companies are, in fact, able to bid for the work. It is a significant project and one that you would anticipate being undertaken by a large national company.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, what is the estimated level of sham contracting occurring in the ACT? Which industries are primarily affected, and is it mainly occurring in the private or government sector?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. According to the advice that I have received, it is predominantly in the building and construction industry and is of the order of 10 to 20 per cent.

Crime—domestic violence

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, in the 2010-11 annual report of the victims of crime support program, it was stated at page 13:

The capacity of the Victims of Crime Commissioner to adequately perform the role of Domestic Violence Project Coordinator will be a challenge for 2011-12.

In a question on notice, No 1994, you were asked:

Why will it be difficult for the Commissioner to perform adequately the functions of the Domestic Violence Project Co-ordinator in 2011-12?

Attorney, in your answer you stated that the commissioner:

... has not indicated to me that he does not have capacity to perform the role of the Domestic Violence Project Coordinator.

Attorney, to what extent should you consider a statement by the commissioner, made in the annual report, to be an indication of his capacity to adequately perform the role of the domestic violence project coordinator?


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