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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (4 August) . .

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MR SMYTH: Minister, what is the government's policy in instances where officials are convicted of bribery?

MR GENTLEMAN: It would depend I guess on what official we are talking about. Are we talking about a government official or a member of the public? If it was a government official, we would certainly have to take some action with an investigation. Of course, that is the process we would take.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will the ACT government adopt a zero tolerance approach to intimidation and bullying on ACT government building sites?

MR GENTLEMAN: We have had strong policies on bullying and intimidation across the ACT government, and in particular on those areas that we control. So, indeed, it would be pertinent for us to take action in those circumstances.

Construction industry—alleged bullying

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations. I refer to recent hearings of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption in relation to the ACT branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, or CFMEU. What action has the ACT government taken to stamp out bullying on building sites?

MR GENTLEMAN: The ACT government is very sure that we take action where necessary. In these particular cases, when these are reports to the workplace safety commission, we send the commission in to investigate those reports and take action.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: What analysis has the ACT government done on the impact of inappropriate behaviour by the CFMEU on the ACT government projects failing to be completed on time and on budget?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am not sure how that relates to the original question, but we do take detailed studies on the application of our tenders to build government agencies. It is important that we continue to take those overarching studies and ensure that, as the overriding agency controlling those tenders, the commissioner for workplace safety is on the spot when needed.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR COE: Minister, what analysis has the ACT government done to measure the impact inappropriate behaviour by the CFMEU has had on private sector building projects in the ACT?


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