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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2891 ..

3) The Government was not liable to pay the premium directly. The arrangement was that each contractor with the Government or its agencies was required by the terms of the contract with the Government to pay a premium calculated on the basis of a fixed percentage of the contract value.

It is understood that Totalcare paid a premium of $110 836 for the 12 months.

4) Yes, the Government's insurer is denying liability.

5) As far as the Government is concerned the claims are being handled by the ACT Government Solicitor and no legal expenses have been incurred. Similarly, Totalcare is being represented by solicitors instructed by GIO, with all costs being met by GIO.

6) Yes. The Bender family and a number of other claimants have sued Project Co ordination (Australia) Pty Limited (the project manager), Cameron Dwyer (an employee of the project manager), City and Country Demolition Australia Pty Limited (the demolition contractor), Anthony Fenwick (an employee of City and Country Demolition Australia Pty Limited), Rod McCracken (the imploder) and Warick Lavers (a former Totalcare employee).

7) It is not known when this will occur as there are a number of matters (such as the provision of particulars relating to the claims) which are outstanding and which are beyond the control of the Government.

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