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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 March 2021) . . Page.. 589 ..

That we, the Members of the Tenth Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, having adopted a code of conduct for Members, reaffirm our commitment to the principles, obligations and aspirations of the code.

Sitting suspended from 12.10 to 2.00 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (2.01): I will be taking questions for Mr Barr, who is on a pair for question time today.

Questions without notice

Budget—capital works

MS LEE: My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister, who is representing the Chief Minister. I refer to the audited budget papers, which revealed an almost $250 million underspend on infrastructure projects in 2019-20. This represents one-third of the total capital works budget for that year. Deputy Chief Minister, why did your government fail to deliver more than 30 per cent of the capital works building program last year?

MS BERRY: I will take the detail of that question on notice for Ms Lee, but I will say that the ACT government have always had an aspirational infrastructure project plan and we have always done our very best as a government to ensure that infrastructure projects have a pipeline for strong work across the ACT community. Last year was an extraordinary year and I expect that COVID will have had some influence and impact on infrastructure being delivered. I will take the question on notice and provide Ms Lee with details.

MS LEE: Deputy Chief Minister, what planned funding was not spent, and how will this impact on delivery time frames for each affected project?

MS BERRY: There is quite a lot of detail in that question. I will take it on notice.

MS LAWDER: Deputy Chief Minister, will your government achieve its full capital works building program this financial year?

MS BERRY: That is definitely the target that the ACT government is attempting to achieve. Again, COVID-19 did have a special impact on the ACT community and its ability to perform with regard to infrastructure projects. We have a number of very large projects in the pipeline, with an expanded health system, as well as light rail and work within the city. There are some very significant infrastructure projects in the pipeline. I will get some more detail for Ms Lawder on our projected time frames for achieving those outcomes.

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