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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . .

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It is very telling how many times the minister said in his speech that problems are inevitable. I am not stupid. I do not claim that you can run a facility where nobody ever gets beaten or takes a wrong substance. But I think the community has a right to expect that there is not going to be a breaking story every week or two about problems in the facility. No-one is making these up. They are genuine; they are real.

The Chief Minister does the Assembly something of a disservice by solely saying that he has confidence in the minister, because that does not give weight to the weight of the actual problems that we are dealing with here. The reputation of the facility is going down the gurgler under this minister, and it is nobody else's fault.

I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11: Miss C Burch Mr Coe Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Mrs Kikkert Ms Lawder Ms Lee Mr Milligan Mr Parton Mr Wall

Noes 14: Mr Barr Ms Berry Ms J Burch Ms Cheyne Ms Cody Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Le Couteur Ms Orr Mr Pettersson Mr Ramsay Mr Rattenbury Mr Steel Ms Stephen-Smith

Question resolved in the negative.

Sitting suspended from 12.28 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Light rail—WorkSafe ACT notices

MR COE: My question is to Minister Ramsay regarding regulatory services. Minister, what WorkSafe ACT notices have been issued to Canberra Metro or associated contractors in the past week, and have these notices resulted in the closure of all or part of the light rail site?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the member for his question. I can advise that on 15 February a prohibition notice was served as a result of service utilities restructuring excavation works. The prohibition notice prevents Canberra Metro constructions from carrying out any mechanical excavations on the site until they review, revise and implement an effective system of work to manage the risk associated with mechanical excavations.

MR COE: Minister, is this prohibition still in place, and how many improvement and prohibition notices have been issued to the consortium or their contractors for light rail works?


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