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Wednesday, 8 June 2022

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms Burch) (10.00): Members:

Dhawura nguna, dhawura Ngunnawal.

Yanggu ngalawiri, dhunimanyin Ngunnawalwari dhawurawari.

Nginggada Dindi dhawura Ngunnaawalbun yindjumaralidjinyin.

The words I have just spoken are in the language of the traditional custodians and translate to:

This is Ngunnawal Country.

Today we are gathering on Ngunnawal Country.

We always pay respect to Elders, female and male, and Ngunnawal Country.

Members, I ask you to stand in silence and pray or reflect on our responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Minister for Skills

Motion of no confidence

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (10.01): I seek leave to move a motion of no confidence in the Minister for Skills.

Leave granted.

MS LEE: I move:

That this Assembly expresses no confidence in the Minister for Skills.

As would be plainly obvious to everyone in this chamber from what transpired yesterday, I have no choice but to bring on this motion of no confidence in the Minister for Skills. To do otherwise would be nothing short of a breach of duty on my part to hold this minister and this Labor-Greens government to account.

Yesterday morning, when the existence of questionable contracts became public, I said very clearly that there are some serious questions that need to be answered by the minister responsible. Throughout the entire morning, we saw the minister go into hiding from the media and from the public. The deafening silence spoke volumes about the culture of secrecy that continues to permeate this Labor-Greens government. But, come question time, the minister could hide no longer. And it was during this time that we first learned the truth, the shocking truth: the minister knew that CIT were involved in a series of, at best, questionable procurements as early as March last year, fifteen months ago, and about no fewer than four contracts.

By March last year, CIT had entered into contracts with this consultant worth a whopping $3.36 million. This, in itself, is a staggering amount of money for one consultant. In a move that is inexcusable, unforgiveable, after the minister knew and

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