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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 February 2018) . . Page.. 509 ..

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Crime—victim welfare

MR GENTLEMAN: Yesterday I had a question from Mrs Jones in regard to robberies, and I want to update the Assembly, as I said I would yesterday. I can confirm that in relation to the recent robberies of Chisholm ALDI and the Weston Raiders club, no arrests have yet been made; however, these investigations remain ongoing. I can confirm that an offender was arrested on 13 February this year in relation to the December robbery of the Mawson Club.

Ethical procurement and employment practices

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (3.29): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that every Canberra worker has the right to be paid properly, treated fairly and return home from work safe each day;

(b) local and national instances of employers:

(i) failing to meet their legal industrial relations and employment obligations;

(ii) entering into sham contracting arrangements;

(iii) exploiting visa workers; and

(iv) avoiding workers compensation and taxation obligations;

(c) the value of ACT Government procurement of goods, services and works in 2016-17 was approximately $1.8 billion; and

(d) the success of the ACT Government’s local procurement policies, including in relation to major projects such as light rail;

(2) affirms the ACT Government’s commitment to using its purchasing power to deliver better outcomes for Canberra workers and local businesses;

(3) further notes that the ACT Government is currently undertaking public consultation on a package of measures that will:

(a) streamline existing procurement requirements;

(b) create clear requirements that businesses tendering for government work treat workers fairly and uphold their workplace rights and safety;

(c) enhance compliance and enforcement measures, through a new unit within government; and

(d) provide a clear, transparent process for resolving issues that arise with respect to ACT Government contracts; and

(4) calls on the ACT Government to implement legislation and other measures to ensure that government procurement delivers high ethical and labour standards, as a matter of priority.

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