Page 3181 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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Those are all issues that the government is working through. This is not a simple yes or no decision when it comes to BRT and LRT. There are a broad range of factors that must be taken into account, and the government is working through those issues at this time.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, do the new cost estimates assess up-front capital costs only, or do they include a whole-of-life analysis—an assessment which the Gold Coast used and which showed advantages to light rail?

MR CORBELL: The costings are in conjunction with a cost-benefit analysis that looks at the economic costs and benefits of different choices and, as a result, takes a broader look than simply the up-front capital costs of the project.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary.

MS HUNTER: Minister, can you please table for the Assembly a copy of the Infrastructure Australia bid that the ACT government reportedly made for detailed design work on the Northbourne Avenue corridor?

MR CORBELL: The ACT government has provided a submission to Infrastructure Australia seeking their agreement to a joint project to undertake detailed design for rapid transit along the Gungahlin to city corridor. That bid proposes a cost sharing approach where the ACT government would contribute $15 million, contingent on the commonwealth contributing the other $15 million necessary for the work. Infrastructure Australia advise all state and territory governments lodging bids that they do not support the release of those bids ahead of their assessment of them, and for those reasons the government is not in a position to release the bid documents at this time.

Minister for Health—personal relationship

MR COE: My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister. On 27 April this year the community was advised that the Minister for Health was standing aside from investigations into the emergency department scandal because of a personal connection her family member had with the executive responsible. Minister, were you advised on that day that the Minister for Health also had a personal relationship with the executive? Specifically, were you aware that they had spent time on holiday in France together?

MR BARR: I was advised of the potential for a conflict of interest and understood the circumstances in which it would be appropriate for me, as the Deputy Chief Minister, to oversee that particular investigation and I acted accordingly.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Coe has the floor.

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