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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3498..


Mr Coe: You can ask why it is still important.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, he could have asked you why it is still important but—

Mr Barr: Actually, I have had two supplementaries on the question—one from Mr Coe and one from Dr Bourke. Then the time ran out. So in fact, there should be a new question.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, Mr Doszpot asked you about Lawson. He asked a supplementary question about Lawson. Mr Gentleman asked you a question about something, which I did not write down, and Dr Bourke asked a question, which he has already asked. Mrs Jones.

Transport—light rail

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development and relates to the Capital Metro Agency. Minister, on 22 June this year you issued a media release stating:

The recruitment process for the critical role of Project Director to lead the new Capital Metro Agency, and for a Project Board Chair, will commence in the coming weeks.

Minister, when will the government appoint the project director and the project board chair?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Jones for the question. The answer to her question is: imminently.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, how much money has been spent on the recruitment process for the director and chair, and who has undertaken the work?

MR CORBELL: The costs for recruitment are costs that are borne within the budget allocation of the Capital Metro Agency. I am happy to take that element of the question on notice and provide advice to the member. As to who has undertaken the recruitment process, the government has engaged external recruitment consultants to assist it in identifying the best and most suitable candidates for these two very important jobs.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how important is it to recruit professional advice for the agency?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her supplementary. It is very important, Madam Speaker, because the capital metro project is a very significant undertaking by


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