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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (31 July) . . Page.. 2397 ..


MR COE: Chief Minister, is it your understanding that there are missing documents or that there is a chronic shortage of documentation regarding your property deals?

MR BARR: I am aware of an allegation that was aired by a member of the opposition in a committee hearing. I am aware of a media report in relation to a former official who has indicated that he believes that there may be some notes of his that have not been forwarded to the Auditor-General. That is the extent of the allegations at this point. There are, of course, processes underway. I am obviously not personally seeking to find these documents. These matters are appropriately being investigated by the relevant directorate.

Trade unions—CFMEU

MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister. I refer to media reports on 26 July 2018 about the CFMEU campaign on the so-called local jobs code. How much influence is the CFMEU seeking over ACT government contracts and purchasing decisions?

MR BARR: None.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, was your statement on the local jobs code in your speech this morning prompted by the pamphlet distributed last week by the CFMEU in your electorate?

MR BARR: No. It was prompted by the deeply held values shared by all members of the Labor Party about the rights of working people to be represented by unions.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat. Members, you asked a question. Allow the answer. Chief Minister.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. All members of the Labor Party share that important value that we believe that working people should be able to be represented by their union. That is a very straightforward statement of principle. It is interesting that those opposite who proudly profess to believe in freedom of association support laws that restrict the ability of workers to be members of and to be properly represented by the unions. What we see—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, that is enough.

MR BARR: What we see is the far right of the Liberal Party once again on display: the extreme right wing agenda, the industrial relations agenda of Mr Wall writ large yet again. He hates unions. The Canberra Liberals hate unions. This is what we have come to expect from the conservatives in ACT politics.


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