Page 330 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2012

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government office building which was proposed for Civic was to be built as a five-star, green star building which could then be upgraded to carbon neutral enabled. Minister, what are the environmental requirements for the Gungahlin office building? Will it be built as five stars, green stars, and have these requirements been built into tender documentation for the Gungahlin building?

MR BARR: We have adopted the same policy as the commonwealth government in relation to both buildings.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary.

MS LE COUTEUR: Now that the new Civic office building will not be built, at least under the previous time frame, has the government considered moving more public servants to Gungahlin?

MR BARR: Yes, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question.

MS HUNTER: Minister, when will the government office accommodation strategy be finalised?

MR BARR: In the fullness of time.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: What plans do the government have to actually deliver upon their promise to have a government shopfront in Gungahlin?

MR BARR: Can you repeat the question?

Mr Coe: Please give an update on the government’s promise to deliver a government shopfront in Gungahlin.

MR BARR: It is unrelated to the other questions, Mr Speaker, and I do not have portfolio responsibility for that matter.

Community sector—equal pay

MS PORTER: My question through you, Mr Speaker, is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, I refer to the recent decision of Fair Work Australia on equal pay for community sector workers. What is the ACT government doing to prepare for the transition to these higher salaries?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her question and understand the considerable time and work that she put into the community sector herself. This month’s decision of Fair Work Australia provides salary increases of between 19 and 41 per cent for many community sector workers. The increases will be phased in over an eight-year period.

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