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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (10 August) . .

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MR WALL: Minister, have any contracts been awarded for projects of more than $50,000 without a competitive process at the University of Canberra?

MS FITZHARRIS: That is a matter for the University of Canberra.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what rules are there relating to publishing contracts entered into by the University of Canberra?

MS FITZHARRIS: That is a matter for the University of Canberra.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

Light rail—employment

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! I want to hear Mr Wall, Mr Hanson.

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services. Minister, what are the requirements on the light rail consortium to employ Canberrans?

MS FITZHARRIS: If I could clarify, the directorate's name is Transport Canberra and City Services; I am the minister for transport and city services. Certainly the Canberra Metro consortium that is building the world-class stage 1 of light rail for the whole of Canberra has a requirement to employ Canberrans. It is already employing dozens of Canberrans on this city-shaping project. Indeed, the consortium is due to provide a local industry participation plan to the government in the very near future. I very much look forward to that and look forward to celebrating further successes of this light rail project.

In addition, the Canberra Business Chamber, as the opposition know, have partnered with the ACT government to work with local businesses. They have already held a number of seminars attended, I am told, by dozens of local business to provide them with the opportunity to be involved in this city-shaping light rail project, many of whom have already taken up this opportunity.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what are the requirements on the light rail consortium to engage Canberra contractors?

MS FITZHARRIS: I refer to my previous answer and also note that it was a significant requirement of the government in seeking tenders for the light rail project


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