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MR BARR: I am sure the countless requests and contacts can be forwarded to the government to ensure that we can respond directly to those individuals, if they wish to receive a response directly from the government. The government’s commitment is to resource the CIT to provide high quality vocational education and training. CIT is, of course, one of the major providers in the ACT vocational education and training market and, as the sole public provider in the ACT, has a very important role to play.
MS LEE: Minister, what message do you have for the CIT employees who have been too scared to speak up publicly about these contracts for fear of losing their jobs?
MR BARR: I am not sure that I accept the imputation within the question. Clearly, people who had concerns have raised them. I do not think it was the detailed investigative work of the Leader of the Opposition that brought these issues into the public realm.
MR MILLIGAN: Chief Minister, what message do you have for CIT employees who have raised these contracts time and again internally in CIT and have been told to keep quiet?
MR BARR: Again I have no evidence with which to verify the veracity of the claim from the member. I have noted some of his earlier statements that have been factually incorrect, so I am not going to accept the premise of the question. Nevertheless, under the ACT’s various acts of this place, there are a number of different ways that individuals who are in the employ of the ACT public sector can raise issues of concern. That can be with their direct senior management, but there are also avenues outside of raising matters with their direct senior management.
MR DAVIS: My question is to the Chief Minister standing in for the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, it has been exactly one month today since the YourSay community survey on the Lake Tuggeranong revitalisation project closed. I understand that there will be a What we heard report due later this month, but I am too excited, and I just cannot wait until then. I was hoping you could speak to some of the key trends in the community feedback so far.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, without announcing any policy.
MR BARR: I thank Mr Davis for the question. Regrettably, I am not in a position to advise him of the key trends. I have been advised that, as he has identified, the report will be available at the end of this month, that the detailed design is expected to be complete in the second half of 2022, and that construction is anticipated to commence in 2023. But I will have to take this on notice, and provide some of that information for Mr Davis, as, regrettably, I do not have it all in front of me, now.
MR DAVIS: Chief Minister, will the government consider upgrades specifically for the skate park behind Lakeside Leisure Centre as part of those revitalisation works?