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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 June 1995) . . Page.. 1008 ..


MRS CARNELL: I signed a letter. I think Mr Moore, as chair of that committee, has that letter now, which explains it in depth. I am sure that Mr Moore would be very happy to give you a copy of that letter. In fact, I know that Mr Moore has it, as I spoke to him about that at lunchtime.

Mr Berry: What does it say?

MRS CARNELL: It says that the capital works budget will be with the committee as soon as it is available.

Ms Follett: When will that be?

MRS CARNELL: That will be as soon as possible. There is a letter, with a full explanation, which has gone to the chair of the committee - which is the appropriate approach, as I see it.

MS McRAE: May I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker? Mrs Carnell, will you assure the Assembly that no significant contracts relating to works in the 1995-96 program will be entered into before the Assembly committee reports to this Assembly?

MRS CARNELL: It might be appropriate for me to hand this to Mr De Domenico, who is the Minister in charge of those sorts of things.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, the value of the approved work in the capital works program currently is $224.2m, and an estimated - - -

Mr Berry: That is not what we asked.

MR DE DOMENICO: Listen and you might find out. You did not ask the question, anyway. An estimated $107m is expected to be spent in 1994-95, with an unexpended balance of $117.2m expected to be spent in future years. Major projects included in the program are the ACT Magistrates Court, $19.9m; and Nicholls Primary School, Preschool, Child-Care Centre and Community House. This project is being undertaken jointly with the Catholic Education Office, the core facilities of the school catering for both the government school and the proposed Catholic primary school on the adjacent site. Other major projects are intersection improvements to Morshead Drive and Kings Avenue to Russell; City Police Station refurbishment; Fyshwick technology manufacturers estate; Tuggeranong enclosed oval; Drakeford Drive duplication - - -

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: Ms McRae's supplementary question quite specifically sought an assurance that the Government would not be signing major contracts. What Mr De Domenico is doing is reading out a list of last year's capital works. I cannot see the relevance of the matter or how in any way it answers Ms McRae's question.


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