Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2010) . . Page.. 2181 ..
MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella) (4.17): I am pleased that the opposition has again called an MPI on the issue of infrastructure delivery in the ACT. I am delighted that the opposition has provided another opportunity to allow us to reinforce the significant achievements of this government in relation to capital works planning and delivery. Indeed, I am always happy for any opportunity to talk about the record programs that we have had the foresight to include in our past budgets. These programs have been aimed at maintaining, improving and increasing the vital infrastructure that is necessary for a growing city.
Mrs Dunne: You got the short straw today, having to defend this one, Johnno.
MR HARGREAVES: You should take your own advice, Mrs Dunne. Having given everybody a pontification from the high altar, you should actually take your own advice, perhaps.
These programs have been aimed at meeting the needs of our community, both now and into the future. This government have aimed our investment efforts at increasing the productive capacity of the economy and expanding infrastructure capacity, reducing future economic, environmental and social costs, providing for growth in the economy and maintaining a competitive edge against other urban centres.
I am also happy for any opportunity to talk about the record program that we have delivered. Indeed, this financial year will be another record year for delivery, with record expenditure on capital supporting the economy and addressing service delivery requirements.
This government have worked hard to enhance our planning and delivery systems, and this has included reforms to enhance procurement processes and systems. As a result, a number of reviews and amendments to planning and procurement arrangements have seen revised planning legislation, revised procurement legislation and regulation, amendments to procurements thresholds and documentation, streamlining of the capital works prequalification system and a simplification of processes associated with low-value procurements.
Work has continued on enhancing ACT government procurement systems, including streamlining and simplification of documentation, such as project management agreements, and production of design documentation, which is well underway, and a tendering guide that has been developed to assist industry in doing business with the territory. These reforms have not only enabled the delivery of the ACT government’s planned infrastructure program to be improved but have also positioned us to effectively deliver on all commonwealth stimulus objectives.
There is a significant amount of work that underpins the ACT infrastructure plan. The government have invested heavily in infrastructure in the last three budgets and have robust plans for the future. Our investments have been and will continue to be based on the large volume of extensive infrastructure planning which has been undertaken.
Significant investments have been made in reforming our health system, providing a quality education system, improving the transport system, and providing for growth of