Page 1724 - Week 06 - Tuesday, 7 June 2022

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we can. The ACT is in the best position it has ever been in to have its rights restored. Canberrans have waited long enough. The ACT government are doing everything we can so that we are ready when it happens.

Canberra Institute of Technology—procurement

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Skills. Minister, in reference to the series of questionable CIT contracts to one individual, totalling $8.87 million, the latest contract, valued at nearly $5 million over two years, equates to a cost to the taxpayer of just under $10,000 a day. Meanwhile Canberra’s teachers, nurses, the staff at Dhulwa, police and first responders experience violence, threats, trauma and stress in their workplaces on a daily basis under your government. Imagine what a difference $10,000 per day would make to our frontline staff. Minister, what do you say to the teacher who contacted my office this morning after reading this ABC story, shocked that CIT is paying $10,000 per day for mentoring when they earn $400 per day as a relief teacher in one of Canberra’s schools?

MR STEEL: I say that we are absolutely committed to the efficient and effective use of public funding, and that is why I am asking questions of the CIT board about this particular contract that was put up on the contracts register yesterday. I became aware of it only yesterday, and I am asking those very serious questions, and asking for an answer within five working days, to consider the detail of why this contract has been entered into, and what it will deliver for the CIT and the broader community, in line with community expectations.

MS LEE: Minister, what do you say to the members of ACT Policing who are overworked and understaffed, and at the same time your government is spending $10,000 per day on one consultant?

MR STEEL: I refer the member to the answer to the previous question.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Milligan, you can have the call, but it is difficult to hear who got the first call, with all of the noise.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, when your government is spending $10,000 per day on one consultant, what message does that send to Canberra’s nurses, who have been under enormous pressure during COVID-19?

MR STEEL: Madam Speaker, same question; same answer.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, enough.

Municipal services—mowing

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for City Services. Minister, we hear a lot about mowing in this Assembly, and there are a lot of different views about where

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