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

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MR GENTLEMAN: We have not been presented with any detailed evidence of inappropriate behaviour by the parties mentioned by Mr Wall. Indeed, if there were delays in ACT government projects we would bring that to the fore.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what analysis has the ACT government done on the impact of inappropriate behaviour by the CFMEU on federal government projects occurring in the ACT?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am not the minister for federal government work in the ACT, but it is important, of course, that we have safe workplaces. That is why we have a Work Safety Commissioner in the ACT. Of course, that work in a federal sense is overlooked by the Fair Work Commission as well. The Work Safety Commissioner in the territory has a very strong record of looking into safe aspects of work sites, including bullying.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, it was revealed last month by the Canberra Times that the ACT government was actively costing the capital metro light rail project to international investors at "up to $A900 million, with further stages in excess of $A1 billion". This quote was included in a letter of introduction signed by an LDA official. Minister, is the territory able to afford light rail from Gungahlin to the city at a cost of $900 million?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Coe for his question. As Mr Coe would know, the cost of the capital metro project is the cost outlined in the business case for capital metro, which was released late last year. The correspondence that Mr Coe refers to was prepared before the release of that business case. The costing of capital metro is unchanged. The affordability bound is unchanged. And it is as set out in the business case.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, were you aware of this letter before it was sent out and had you seen a draft of the business case prior to the letter being sent?

MR CORBELL: I had no knowledge of this letter until it was brought to my attention by the Canberra Times.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, when did you become aware of this letter?

MR CORBELL: I refer Ms Lawder to my previous answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.


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