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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (12 August) . .

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MR WALL: Minister, does the ACT government stipulate that EBAs with the CFMEU or any other union must be in place for government construction projects?

MR GENTLEMAN: Matters to do with government construction projects are matters for procurement; that does not fall under my portfolio. My understanding is that there is no stipulation in the regard Mr Wall indicates.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what safeguards are in place to ensure that government funds which are directly or indirectly paid to the CFMEU are not spent on political campaigns?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Wall for his supplementary question. I have not seen any evidence that any payments by government for government contracts go to campaigning. It would be an interesting question, though, to chase down, as we hear in interjections, where those funds do go and come from. There are, of course, a lot of building contractors in the ACT that are contracted by government. Of course they are at liberty to spend their profits and earnings wherever they like.

It is my understanding clearly, from the payments made to the Liberal Party for campaign programs, that some of those moneys would certainly go that way. Yes, I will be happy to have a look and see what details we do have of where funds go from government contracts to builders in the ACT—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR GENTLEMAN: for construction and see where the trail goes, as Mr Hanson insinuates.

Water—recycled

MRS JONES: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, who is responsible for the pricing of recycled water in the ACT? Is this at the discretion of Icon Water?

MR BARR: The ICRC provided a determination in relation to secondary water use some years ago which I understand sets in place a pricing path for such water as was considered by the ICRC.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Treasurer, what is the pricing structure for recycled water in the ACT? Is it tiered like potable water?

MR BARR: I do not believe so, but I will seek some information. I will look at that ICRC determination and provide some information to the member.


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