Page 1418 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 28 March 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Minister, you particularly made it overt that you were not answering the question. It would be helpful if you could directly answer the question, thank you. Let us just have the answer to the question.

MS BURCH: The question is around time lines and the tanks. I have said that the government submission noted. All the members of the committee and those that have an interest in that should have read that in the submission. But the development application identified within its notice of decision that the site must be independently audited in accordance with the environmental protection agency and that the LDA has advised that this process is underway and could be completed within five or six weeks.

The DA approval has been appealed to the ACAT by the National Trust, and I understand that this matter is listed and expected to be resolved shortly.

Construction industry—sham contracting

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations and concerns sham contracting. Minister, last year the government promised to introduce a tougher compliance certificate covering contractors on government construction sites as a measure to reduce sham contracting. Minister, what steps have you taken to ensure that this new level of compliance also applies to the private sector in the ACT, as is done at the federal level?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question and I will take it on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, if the federal government does not support your recent submission to amend the Fair Work Act, what actions will you take to make it easier to prosecute sham contractors in the ACT?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. The issue of sham contracting is one which is of particular interest to the member, as well as to me.

Mrs Dunne interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Let us move on, thank you.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Coe, thank you.

DR BOURKE: The submission to the federal government has been made. We need to await their response and then we can consider our position further at that point.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur has the floor for a question.

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