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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2010) . . Page.. 343 ..

Ms Gallagher: Because it doubled in size, yes.

MR HANSON: Well, we know all the problems with that, because we have watched it closely. We have watched all the problems associated with that. It has doubled in size because you have had to knock down the car park that is currently there because you changed the location of where it is going to be. Yes, you did have to double it in size because you decided to knock the existing car park down. If you were really want to have a debate about the parking at Canberra Hospital in any great detail, then I would be happy to.

Ms Gallagher: Love to; bring it on.

MR HANSON: While you are there, minister, you might also want to discuss where the secure adult mental health facility is at.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Excuse me, Mr Hanson, could you address your remarks to the chair, please.

MR HANSON: My apologies, Mr Assistant Speaker. But I am almost—

Ms Gallagher interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Deputy Chief Minister, could you not rise to debate with Mr Hanson.

Ms Gallagher: Sorry.


MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (3.37): I am very pleased that the opposition has called this MPI on to discuss the management of major capital works projects. There is clear demonstration that the government has been busy investing in substantially upgrading and updating the ACT’s infrastructure, much to the annoyance of the opposition.

The government has delivered record levels of investment in infrastructure, including many significant projects. The capacity to deliver on the substantial program has not developed all by itself. The government has overhauled the systems, processes and practices required to deliver major capital works. It is these reforms that I am going to focus on in my discussion today.

The effective management of major capital works projects requires four things: firstly, a vision which aims to deliver the best possible services to ACT residents and make it a great place to live; secondly, sound planning; thirdly, robust delivery mechanisms; and, last but not least, open and transparent reporting on progress and outcomes.

This government has a long-term vision for the ACT. These are articulated in substantial planning documents developed early in our first term. Our vision is to have

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