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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . .

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MR SMYTH: Minister, why are there no music-related residencies in this year's program?

MS BURCH: It could be that there were none who applied for a residency.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, has the government ever sponsored a music residency under this initiative? If so, how many? If not, why not?

MS BURCH: I think members would appreciate that I would not have the historical records in front of me. I will take that on notice with the others.

Construction industry—work safety

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations. Minister, has CFMEU intimidation of WorkSafe ACT inspectors led to building sites being closed down in the ACT?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am unaware of any intimidation of worksite inspectors in the ACT. It has not been reported to me. Therefore whether sites have been shut down or not is a matter of conjecture. The Work Safety Commissioner, Mr McCabe, has not reported any intimidation to me. Therefore I would say that if there was intimidation at those worksites, it would be reported to him. It is very important, of course, that if any intimidation or bullying occurs at a worksite, it is reported directly to the commission. In that sense he would deal with it in the first instance and then, of course, would report it to me as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what reports are provided to you as the responsible minister by WorkSafe ACT regarding inappropriate behaviour or attempts at intimidation on ACT sites?

MR GENTLEMAN: The WorkSafe commissioner reports to me on a regular basis and advises me of his inquiries. Generally they are to do more with work safety across the ACT. He has not reported to me any intimidation, as Mr Wall requests.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why has the ACT government failed to protect WorkSafe ACT inspectors from intimidation on building sites?

MR GENTLEMAN: I reject the premise in the question. As I have said in my previous answer, if there was intimidation I am sure that the WorkSafe commissioner would report that to me.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.


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