Page 2135 - Week 07 - Thursday, 29 June 2023

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MS STEPHEN-SMITH: That is not the correct interpretation of this. We see in every budget and in every capital works update that the Chief Minister provides—frustratingly for the Chief Minister and Treasurer, and for all of us, as ministers—that often capital works projects, ICT and other capital projects are delayed. That does not mean they fail to be delivered. An example of that is that we have experienced some delays in the expansion of the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, but last week Minister Davidson opened the day service for mental health. We will soon be opening the adolescent mental health inpatient service. This has been frustratingly delayed, but it has been delivered because we do, when we make a commitment, deliver on it.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, do you accept that you have failed to spend a significant portion of the money budgeted last year, because it rolls over and rolls over, even though you announce it as new, to great fanfare?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Again, I think Ms Castley is completely misrepresenting how the budget works.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, why should Canberrans trust that you will deliver on any of your budget announcements when projects are consistently delayed each year?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Experiencing delays in capital projects is not unique to the health portfolio. Frustratingly, it happens across all portfolios.

Opposition members interjecting—


MS STEPHEN-SMITH: And delays can happen at a number of points in the process. There can be a delay in receiving a development application. There can be a delay in the procurement process. There can be weather conditions that delay the completion of construction. But I tell you what, Madam Speaker: we have delivered on a number of these projects and we will continue to do so.

The largest one, the single biggest investment in health infrastructure since self-government, to date—the critical services building at Canberra Hospital—is well and truly on its way. I invite any member of the opposition to drive past the hospital and have a look at that building. It is topped out and will be opening next year to deliver more beds, more operating theatres, a bigger emergency department and more health services for Canberrans.

ACT Policing—report by PwC

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the minister for police. Minister, questions have been raised in Senate estimates about the potential conflict of interest between the AFP Commissioner and PwC partner and “mate” Nick Fullerton. Will the ACT government be releasing the PwC report that was developed relating to ACT Policing, given these questions about a conflict of interest?

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