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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1091..


Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Questions without notice

Roads—Majura Parkway

MR HANSON: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, it is reported today that the Majura Parkway project, which is currently Canberra's biggest infrastructure project is "in turmoil"and that the people of Canberra face a blowout of "tens of millions of dollars". Treasurer, what steps have you taken to protect the ACT from a blowout of tens of millions of dollars from this project?

MR BARR: The question is hypothetical. The matter that has been reported in the media relates to a contractual dispute between the head contractor Fulton Hogan and its subcontractor Hewatt. But I am advised that Fulton Hogan and Hewatt issued a joint media statement advising that work is progressing well on the Majura Parkway and that they are committed to working together to achieve the best possible outcome for the project and for the local community.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Treasurer, how does this turmoil affect the $144 million in federal funding that is now in jeopardy?

MR BARR: It is not in jeopardy, and it does not. I repeat for the benefit of Mr Hanson, who does not listen—like many of his colleagues—that Fulton Hogan and its subcontractor Hewatt have issued a joint media statement advising that work is progressing well on the Majura Parkway and that they are committed to working together to achieve the best possible outcome for the project and the local community.

The head contractor Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd has given its assurance that the Majura Parkway project will be completed according to the program and budget established in its existing contact with the territory. I do not think that the Leader of the Opposition even listened to that answer. So I will repeat again: the head contractor Fulton Hogan has given its assurance that the Majura Parkway project will be completed according to the program and budget established in its existing contact with the territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.


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