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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (11 August) . .

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MR CORBELL: That is quite an outrageous slur against the staff of my directorate who work very hard to address what are often complex and difficult issues in the health portfolio. I reject the assertion from Mrs Jones.

Government—tendering arrangements

MRS JONES: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Economic Development. Minister, I refer to recent hearings of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption. What protections are in place in the ACT government's tender process to ensure that contractors with employees who are not union members or who are not operating under a union EBA can apply for tenders on their merits?

MR BARR: All those who seek to tender for ACT government works are able to do so. There are a series of criteria in relation to certain procurements that require prequalification or access through a panel process in the first instance, but there would be no rationale for a business to be excluded on the basis of whether they have an EBA with a particular union.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, what protections are in place in the ACT government's tender process to ensure that contractors with employees who are not union members can apply for subcontracts on ACT government contracts on their merits?

MR BARR: The protections that are available are under the nation's industrial relations laws.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, have concerns been raised with you or your directorate about improper influences by the CFMEU or any other union on ACT government procurement processes?

MR BARR: Not that I am aware of, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what processes are in place to ensure bidding for LDA subcontracts is conducted fairly and without undue influence from the CFMEU?

MR BARR: The processes and protections that are afforded under Australian industrial relations laws.

Public housing—waiting lists

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing. During the estimates hearing on 18 June 2015, I asked whether Northbourne Avenue public housing tenants


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