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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 3282..

(7) If additional infrastructure or equipment is required to be funded or financed by Transact, (a) how much will this cost and (b) how will this cost be met without ultimately placing the financial burden back on the A.C.T. Government or the A.C.T. taxpayer in some way;

(8) Will each telephone that is currently installed within A.C.T. Government departments and agencies be replaced under this new contract; if so, (a) what is the cost of each of these new handsets and (b) how many will the be installed; if not, (a) how many will be replaced and (b) in what departments or agencies;

(9) When will the A.C.T. Government transition to VOIP technology commence, and when will the transition be completed and the new voice technology fully operational;

(10) How reliable is the new VOIP technology and what backup systems will be in place in the event of a VOIP system failure.

Mr Quinlan

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

TransACT has been selected as the preferred Tenderer to provide voice services to the Territory and a contract has not yet been awarded.

Contract negotiations have commenced on 30 June 2004 and will continue for about 10 weeks. A contract is expected to be executed in early September 2004. Until the contract is finalised the full details of the solution to be delivered by TransACT will not be known and the question asked by the Member would require assumptions to be made on the final contract deliverables.

In the event that contract negotiations with TransACT were not successful, the Territory has the discretion to commence negotiations with the second ranked Tenderer.

Disclosure of the potential form and content of the contract, prior to it being finalised, could compromise the Territory's position in the negotiations with TransACT, or any with other Tenderer should the negotiations be unsuccessful. It could also compromise TransACT's business because the Response to the Request for Tender has been submitted on a Commercial in Confidence basis. Contract details will be made public after the contract has been signed in accordance with the legislation.

In light of the current negotiation process with TransACT a detailed answer to the Members question cannot be provided at this time. When the contract has been executed an answer to the Members question will be provided.

Belconnen sports complexA>

(Question No 1620)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming, upon notice, on 29 June 2004:

(1) During construction of the foundations for the new Belconnen sports complex on Block 7 Section 3 Bruce, was an underground spring or water source uncovered which required the pumping of additional concrete to stabilise the site before the complex could be erected;

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