Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 2 August 2022) . . Page.. 2150 ..
gender equality by ensuring that good jobs are available for everyone. By putting gender on the tender, I cannot wait to see the group of women construction workers leading this project, and allowing women and girls to see what they could be.
Light rail stage 2A—economic analysis
MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, it took an FOI for the Mecone report into urban infill in light rail stage 2 to be released. Aspects of the business case for stage 2A have been questioned by the Auditor-General, among others, and despite a clear recommendation a revised business case has not been done. How can you claim that your government has been transparent with the light rail project when something as simple as “How much is it going to cost?” has been hidden at every opportunity?
MR STEEL: It has not. As I have said many times in this place, we have been transparent and have shown an unparalleled, unprecedented level of transparency as a government undertaking a project of this size by releasing the business case and also releasing the net present value figures to the Auditor-General, as part of their performance audit of the light rail stage 2A business case. So we have been up-front about that by releasing the detail. It was a point in time, several years ago, that we undertook that business case. The government has already made a decision to get on and commit to bringing this project down to Woden. It sounds a lot like the Liberals do not support bringing light rail to Woden.
MR PARTON: Minister, how much is light rail stage 2A going to cost?
MR STEEL: As Mr Parton is well aware, we are currently engaged in procurement with Canberra Metro for the extension of light rail to Commonwealth Park, as part of stage 2A. The costs will be determined through that procurement process. When we can announce that, we will.
MR CAIN: Minister, when will you tell Canberrans how much light rail stage 2A is going to cost—before or after you have signed the contract?
MR STEEL: The final cost is determined in the contract, so once the contract is signed. We are in procurement for stage 2A with Canberra Metro, and we are not yet at the point where we can determine that. The business case of course provides some costings, but things have moved on significantly since the business case was undertaken. There are requirements that have been placed on the territory by the National Capital Authority in relation to wire-free running, as well. Those will have extra costs. Those will, of course, be procured through the tender process that is underway with Canberra Metro.
MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Emissions Reduction. Minister, I am really pleased to see that we have a lot of policies and programs that reduce our emissions, like our 100 per cent renewables, our new EV strategy, our ‘getting off gas’ policies and our progress towards zero emissions transport. But a truly sustainable future and sound adaptation really need systemic change applied to every