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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1410 ..

(7) What contact was made with each company that was considered to have the capability to supply bodies for the buses being sought in this request for tender;

(8) If any companies were not contacted, were they or any bus bodies they had made subject to assessment to establish their capability to supply bus bodies;

(9) Why were all these other companies determined as being unable to be considered to supply bus bodies as part of this request for tender;

(10) On what basis did ACT Procurement Solution and the ACT Procurement Board accept that Clause 8(c) of the Government Procurement (Principle) Guidelines 2002 (No.2) should not apply to the supply of bodies being sought by Request for Tender No. T02358;

(11) What process was undertaken to determine whether a particular material was more suitable than other materials for the bus bodies;

(12) If a particular material has been preferred, on what basis was this decision reached and why were other materials not preferred;

(13) What existing Government contracts, if any, were identified as being relevant to this request for tender;

(14) Has it been possible to utilise any of these contracts in seeking the supply of the buses specified in this request for tender;

(15) Have there been any other tenders for the supply of buses to ACTION that have specified a particular company to be the supplier of any components of the buses;

(16) If so, which companies have been specified and why were these particular companies so specified;

(17) What action will be taken to ensure that the price at which bus bodies are supplied, following the finalisation of Request for Tender No. T02358, will be competitive.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

(1) The market research conducted as a preliminary process to the Request for Tender extended over two years, and was supplemented by the operational evaluation of two buses currently supplied under two contracts to other governments in Australia.

In the course of its assessment, ACTION obtained a demonstration vehicle from each of Brisbane City Council (BCC) and Transport South Australia )TSA). Both vehicles were subjected to a rigorous evaluation with regard to both operational and maintenance aspects.

ACTION sought advice from all coach suppliers, known to have the capacity to meet ACTION's requirements, regarding their ability to supply their standard body type within the timeframe for ACTION's bus acquisition program. All suppliers except

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