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

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that there be a significant component of employment and participation by local businesses. That is certainly being achieved and I look forward to receiving a local industry participation plan and am very happy to share that with the community at large.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, are any potential staff or subcontractors who are Canberrans given a weighting or preference by the consortium?

MS FITZHARRIS: That will be a matter for the consortium but again I refer to my previous answer. There were high requirements put on the consortium through the tender process to employ local Canberrans. That is exactly what they are doing now and that is exactly what they will continue to do over the course of the construction, maintenance and operation of this significant project.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what reporting takes place to advise you and the community about what proportion of employees, contractors and subcontractors are from the Canberra region?

MS FITZHARRIS: I look forward to sharing further with the Canberra community the additional local Canberrans and local Canberra businesses that are engaged on the light rail project, and it will be significant.

Light rail—intergovernment relations

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services, as per the administrative arrangements. If you would care to have a look at them in schedule 1 you will note that you are the Minister for Transport Canberra and City Services. Are there any restrictions on members of the consortium, contractors or subcontractors meeting or contacting MLAs?

MS FITZHARRIS: Not that I am aware of, no.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, have you or the government given any directions to light rail contractors or subcontractors not to meet with members of the opposition?

MS FITZHARRIS: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, is there any legal basis upon which the government may tell representatives or employees of non-government organisations that they are not allowed to meet with members of the Assembly?


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