Page 482 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Coe! You are not helping.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, did you pass on your concerns to Minister Burch and the Chief Minister about the failure of government process on this issue, and what was the outcome?

MR RATTENBURY: I have indicated in this place before that I communicated to both the Chief Minister and Minister Burch my disagreement with the policy. I think the outcomes are a matter of public record.


DR BOURKE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, can you please update the Assembly on how the public-private partnership procurement process for the ACT law courts project is progressing?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. I am pleased to say that work is proceeding well on the new ACT law courts facilities project, to be delivered by a public-private partnership—the first project to be procured under a PPP framework. The territory invited interested parties to submit an expression of interest in mid-2014.

Mr Coe: On a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock, please.

Mr Coe: I ask for your advice as to whether the Attorney-General is the appropriate minister to be answering about a procurement process or whether it is indeed the responsibility of the Treasurer or Chief Minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am not in a position to answer that question. I would assume that the Attorney-General knows something about the procurement for building the law courts in the ACT.

Mr Hanson: But he might not be the responsible minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: He may not be the responsible minister for procurement, but I think he might be the responsible minister for the law courts.

MR CORBELL: I am certainly the responsible minister for the project, Madam Speaker, and that is why I am answering the question. You are quite right: as the attorney I do pay some attention to what happens in the courts.

Six submissions were received from the EOI process. Following an evaluation, the two shortlisted bidders were announced in early October. These two shortlisted bid teams were the team known as Juris, which consists of Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction, along with Programmed Facility Management and Macquarie Capital Group. The other shortlisted proponent is Capital Courts, made up of a consortium involving Amber Infrastructure, Richard Crookes Constructions and Brookfield Johnson Controls.

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