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installations had been completed. Loan applications, including the installations, have reached 5,600, worth a total value of nearly $61 million.

In addition to these programs, we have the low income home energy efficiency program. We introduced electricity pricing reforms to assist Canberrans to lower their energy bills, with electricity retailers now required to compare their prices against the ACT reference price. (Time expired.)

Canberra Institute of Technology—procurement

MR MILLIGAN: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Skills. Minister, in relation to the contracts of over $8 million to one individual, have you spoken to the chief executive officer of the Canberra Institute of Technology about these procurements?

MR STEEL: Yes, I have in the past, in relation to previous contracts. I have also spoken to the board chair Mr Craig Sloan about previous contracts, and now I have written to him again today to raise further questions about the latest contract that has been notified on the register.

MR MILLIGAN: What explanation did the CEO of CIT provide you for the spending of $8.87 million dollars on mentoring?

MR STEEL: As I said, it was in relation to the previous contracts, not the current ones. In relation the current one, CIT has advised me today that the contract, and those before it, are intended to support the delivery of CIT’s ongoing transformation and delivery of the CIT’s procedure compass 2025. The previous contracts were used to support the previous version of that document, and CIT has advised me that the services include change management, in particular, particularly supporting CIT to change as they move into the new CIT Woden campus in the future. And they, of course, have advised me that they entered the contract to deliver those things, but I will be seeking further information about this latest contract, which is for $4.99 million. I expect them to provide that information to me for my consideration within five working days.

MS LEE: Minister, do you have confidence in the CEO and the chair of the CIT?

MR STEEL: I refer the member to my previous answers, where I have said that I am seeking information from the board, which I will then consider.

Canberra Institute of Technology—procurement

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Skills. Minister, under the latest contract awarded by CIT, some of the services to be delivered include “developing system-wide capabilities of situational awareness, early weak signal detection and noise sorting,” and “developing iterative capacity to cycle through adaptive renewal processes across multiple spatial and temporal scales”. Minister, what does this mean?

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