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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . .

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MR GENTLEMAN: As I understand it, there has been one arrest. There may be some more details but I do not have those details in front of me. I will take that part of the question on notice and come back to the chamber.

MR HANSON: Minister, will you demonstrate that you care for the safety of our workers and commit to visiting employees at Raiders Weston Club or Aldi, given that those staff have expressed concerns as to why you have not visited?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have had no requests from staff at either of those places to visit with them. I am not sure that it would be appropriate at a ministerial level to take that sort of action. It is important, of course, that they receive the support of government, and that is why we have taken the appropriate actions in regard to individualising a contact officer in the crime squad in the ACT. That is appropriate at a ministerial level.

Light rail—infrastructure damage

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, on 16 February 2018 the Canberra Times reported that Northbourne Avenue was closed in both directions during peak hour on Thursday, 15 February after a gas leak at the intersection of Northbourne and Ipima Street, following damage by machinery during excavation work associated with the light rail project, and that WorkSafe ACT had served Canberra Metro with a prohibition notice and an improvement notice following the gas leak. Treasurer, what additional costs have been incurred as a result of damage to public infrastructure and utilities caused by works associated with the light rail project?

MR BARR: In relation to just that incident, or more broadly?

Miss C Burch: More broadly.

MR BARR: More broadly I will need to take on notice.

MISS C BURCH: Treasurer, what has the government budgeted for remediating damage to public infrastructure and utilities caused by works associated with the light rail project?

MR BARR: The government has not budgeted for that. Any damage to public space, properties or assets would be the responsibility of the consortium.

MR COE: Treasurer, what steps are you taking to prevent further cost blowouts resulting from damage to public infrastructure and utilities, and will the ACT government bear any of the expense for utilities that were not located on the original survey documents provided to the consortium?

MR BARR: I reject the first part of the member's question. The language used there is typical of an opposition but it is not the truth. In relation to other matters pertaining to the member's question, the government does not bear responsibility for the


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