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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 6 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2081 ..


Our social and community services sector is a critical source of support for Canberrans when they need it most, as well as being a major local employer. We are backing our local community sector providers with more investment in this budget because as our city grows and as our economy grows, everyone should share in those gains.

Courts—building works

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General and it relates to the new court buildings for the ACT. When announced, stage 1 was due in early 2017 and stage 2 was to be completed in late 2018. It is now apparent that the court building will be significantly delayed, with stage 1 not yet completed. Attorney-General, when will this building be completed?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the shadow attorney-general for his interest in the court building, which will be an excellent facility for the Supreme Court and for the Magistrates Court. We are certainly looking forward to the improvements that will come with that: the expanded number of courtrooms, the jury service rooms and the broader services that will be provided.

There was some delay that was the case primarily because of the wet winters that we had in previous years. The anticipation is that it will be completed in coming months. I look forward potentially to being able to—

Mr Hanson: What does "coming months" mean?

MR RAMSAY: In the coming months, and I look forward to being able to share in the opening of the building with the shadow attorney-general very soon.

MR HANSON: I certainly look forward to that in the coming months. Attorney-General, what is the final projected total cost for this project?

MR RAMSAY: I will take the details of the question on notice but I do note again that because of the nature of the agreement—the public-private partnership—any of the delays that are happening have no negative budgetary impact on the ACT government at all.

MS LEE: Attorney-General, who is responsible for the extra costs of this delay, including costs of trials that should have been heard in the new building but that will now have to be heard in other venues such as Queanbeyan?

MR RAMSAY: I refer the member to my previous answer.

ACT Health—proposed organisational changes

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. In an exchange of emails at the start of the decision to restructure ACT Health, the then director-general advised the Head of Service that you, minister, wanted the restructure


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