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MS GALLAGHER: Yes, and I have made very strident comments in relation to this, Mr Hanson. The job of a minister, once a failure is identified, is to be up-front about that failure and to fix the failure. That is exactly what I am doing.

Mr Hanson: He lost his job.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question.

MS GALLAGHER: Madam Speaker, I had not quite finished. I know it is disorderly to respond to interjections—

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, it would be quite disorderly.

MS GALLAGHER: but it is entirely incorrect for Mr Hanson to allege that the chairman of ACTEW lost his job.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Chief Minister, how many more executive contracts have not been tabled by you, as required under the PSM Act, and when will you table them?

MS GALLAGHER: At the end of question time today, I will be presenting 16 long-term contracts, three short-term contracts and six contract variations. I am happy to read the full statement now or at the end of question time, as is normal practice.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you provide the Assembly with some history in regard to these contracts and the reporting of those contracts?

MS GALLAGHER: I can. As I outlined yesterday, on looking further at this issue and having advice provided to me, it appears that the failure of complete compliance—I would say that it relates to a small number of contracts relative to the contracts that have been tabled but not an insignificant amount—dates back to the mid-1990s. I think the earliest one is 1996.

Transport—light rail

MR COE: My question is to the Chief Minister regarding light rail. Chief Minister, how many times has the capital metro subcommittee of cabinet met? What were the dates of those meetings? Further, who chairs the sub-committee?

MS GALLAGHER: I chair the committee. It has met several times since the election. I am not sure that we need to disclose necessarily the dates, but we do report cabinet summaries online and that would normally indicate—

Mr Hanson: Open government.

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