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the ACT government’s procurement culture. In your response to that report, you assured Canberrans that your government’s procurement processes had been fixed; yet, the most recent contract CIT signed with one individual is for $4,999,990. That is $10 under the Government Procurement Board’s $5 million review threshold. Minster, do you think this is suspicious?
MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. I note that the questions that I will be asking of the board are through the letter that has been sent through to the CIT board. I will be asking questions about the nature of this contract, and we will find out CIT has to say about what is being delivered under this contract.
MR MILLIGAN: Minister, are you aware that the first payment made to the consultant as soon as this contract was signed was for nearly $1.7 million?
MR STEEL: No, but I will be asking the CIT board a number of questions and I am looking forward to hearing their response to the letter that has been sent through to them in relation to this latest contract.
MS LEE: Minister, what are the services that have been delivered for that up-front payment of nearly $1.7 million, and will you table your letter asking the series of questions to the CIT board, by the close of business today?
MR STEEL: I am happy to table that letter. The letter asks a number of questions of the CIT board, and I can provide that for the Assembly’s benefit:
Canberra Institute of Technology contract 2022.GS3003590.220—Letter to Mr Craig Sloan, Chair Board of Directors, Canberra Institute of Technology, from Mr Chris Steel, Minister for Skills.
Ms Lee: I have a point of order. The minister has not answered the first part of my question about the services delivered for the payment on the signing of the contract for $1.7 million.
MADAM SPEAKER: There is no point of order.
Tuggeranong—nurse-led walk-in centre
MR DAVIS: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, last week, on Friday, at my electorate office I had some really positive feedback from constituents who have recently received care at the Tuggeranong walk-in centre. They raised concerns with me about the fact that the centre has been closed at short notice in recent weeks. Are you able to outline why that is and what measures are being put in place to protect the service into the future?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Davis for the question. Indeed, Tuggeranong residents have benefited from the existence of the Tuggeranong walk-in centre, the kind of service that the Canberra Liberals used to vehemently oppose but have now finally and belatedly come on board with. There were 3½ thousand presentations in quarter one of 2021-22, and people only had to wait 23 minutes in the median for that