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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1724 ..



Question No. 707

Government Purchasing Contracts

MR WESTENDE - Asked the Chief Minister upon notice on 12 May 1993:

It is noted that the elaborate publication for the Tourism Commission called Australias National Capital was printed by Inprint which has its orders printed outside the ACT region and only has its sales staff in Canberra. Is the Chief Minister aware of any other firm, with which the Government has contracts, which conducts its main functions and activities outside the ACT and the region.

MS FOLLETT - The answer to the members question is as follows:

The ACT Government, along with the Commonwealth and all other State and Territory Governments, is a signatory to the Government Procurement Agreement. That agreement precludes regional purchasing bias by way of financial preference. The ACT Governments purchasing policy provides for purchasing on the basis of value for money, which includes considerations such as quality, price, life cycle costs, service support and delivery.

One of the Governments initiatives is the recent establishment of the Supply and Tender Agency within the Department of Urban Services. The Agency is currently developing a local purchasing policy that will ensure that ACT public sector demand for goods and services supports and provides a basis for the development of ACT industry.

There are thousands of current contracts held by the ACT Government. Accordingly, I am not prepared to authorise the use of the very considerable resources that would be involved in providing the detailed information required to answer the Members question concerning the number of contracts held with firms which conduct their activities outside the ACT and region.


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