Page 1821 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 8 June 2022
Canberra Institute of Technology—board
MS LEE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister, in place of the Minister for Skills. Minister, in the letter to the CIT board that Minister Steel tabled yesterday, there is a reference to a letter of March 2021 and the subsequent discussions between Minister Steel and the CIT board chair. What was said in those discussions and what action items arose from those discussions?
MR BARR: Obviously, I was not privy to those discussions, so I will need to take that question on notice.
MS LEE: Minister, in reference to that letter of March 2021, Minister Steel mentioned discussions between his office and the CIT CEO. What was said in those discussions and what action items arose from those discussions?
MR BARR: Again, I will need to take that on notice. I appreciate that the Leader of the Opposition advised me in advance that the questions were pre-prepared and that she did not expect me to be able to answer questions on meetings I was not in, so I will take that on notice and will get the information.
MR MILLIGAN: Chief Minister, what further actions did you or Minister Steel take over the course of 2021 to satisfy yourselves that the funds were being spent appropriately?
MR BARR: Some of the detail Minister Steel has tabled. If there is anything further, I will get Minister Steel to provide that information.
Federal government—industrial relations
MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety. Minister, what does the federal election result mean for Canberrans and their workplace safety and rights?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank the member for his question. It does bring about an opportunity, I think, for better conditions around work safety in the ACT. We will see, I think nationally, much better processes regarding workplace safety. I know that the previous federal minister was stymieing the conversations between states and the commonwealth on workplace safety. We have already seen some media regarding where this government wants to go; indeed looking after workers is a key priority for this government.
MR PETTERSSON: Minister, what other federal Labor government commitments will support Canberra workers and assist ACT government endeavours?
MR GENTLEMAN: We will see amendments to the workplace safety act. Of course, we see that the federal government are willing to treat Canberrans with respect. They are willing to support workers in the ACT and across Australia by backing minimum wage increases. Another commitment from the government that