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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, have you received correspondence from the Greens party about discharging your ministerial responsibilities for this matter?

MR RATTENBURY: I will need to check the records for that. I am not aware of specific correspondence, although I am aware of the issuing of a press release on the matter.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what other actions have been taken to protect departmental assets in other locations, such as depots, from attack?

MR RATTENBURY: Unfortunately, last year we did see a number of incidents where people at least alluding to being opposed to the cull undertook significant levels of vandalism on TAMS assets. Those assets were not related to the conservation cull. So, on that basis, they were not effective in interrupting the cull. I have put my views on that on the public record. TAMS has put a number of security measures in place to seek to prevent a repeat of those incidents. I do not intend to go into the details of that, but I can assure members that TAMS has taken steps to seek to avoid repeat incidents.

Government—tendering arrangements

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Minister, on 23 April tenders closed for the management of the Lakeside Leisure Centre. However, no information has been provided as to how many or who were the tenderers. The ACT government website states:

Details of tenders received will be available on Closed tenders page as soon as possible after tender closing (usually by COB on the day following tender closing).

Minister, can you explain why these details, almost two weeks later, have still not been made public?

MR RATTENBURY: Mr Smyth does give a correct account of the tendering process. In terms of why that information is not yet available, perhaps it has not been possible, given that it was indicated that it would be made available as soon as possible. Sport and Recreation Services have been very busy, as has been in the public domain, seeking to deal with the situation at the Civic pool. That has certainly been a point of focus. I am happy to seek some information and to come back later to give Mr Smyth an indication of when that information might be available.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, has the government sought further information from any of the tenderers?


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