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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Answer to question on notice

Question No 244

MR CORBELL: Yesterday after question time I was asked by Mr Hanson for an explanation for the delay in answering an outstanding question on notice No 244. I advised Mr Hanson yesterday that it had been delayed in my directorate. However, the answer had been provided to me and I had signed that answer. I have to advise the Assembly and Mr Hanson that that advice was incorrect. I mistook it for other questions on notice that I was signing yesterday. So I apologise to Mr Hanson and to the Assembly for that incorrect answer. I can advise the Assembly and Mr Hanson that I expect he will be provided with an answer later today.

Construction industry—proposed board of inquiry

MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.03): I move:

That this Assembly

(1) calls on the Government to appoint a Board of Inquiry pursuant to the Inquiries Act 1991 to inquire into the construction sector in the ACT. The issues to be examined will include the:

(a) fees, fines, charges and taxes paid by the industry to Government;

(b) level of regulatory burden and the comprehensibility of Government issued rules, codes, plans and laws;

(c) impact of rogue builders and phoenix companies;

(d) safety of construction sites;

(e) state of industrial relations and the influence of related stakeholders;

(f) contribution of the sector to the economy;

(g) availability and delivery of land; and

(h) performance of Government agencies relevant to the industry; and

(2) requires that the Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition agree to the person (or people) appointed to conduct the Inquiry.

I believe that the ACT needs to have a fresh look at the construction sector here in our territory. The opposition firmly supports the positive role of the industry in Canberra.

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