Page 606 - Week 02 - Thursday, 16 February 2017

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

What that means is that for highly skilled people there is a very tight labour market.

The team leading the light rail project, both within government and within Canberra Metro, are a very highly skilled team of people drawn from local, national and international experts to deliver us a world-class infrastructure project here, which is exactly what the community wants and which is exactly what this government will deliver.

MR PETTERSSON: Could the minister please update the chamber on how light rail is progressing?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Pettersson for the supplementary. I am very delighted to update the Assembly on how well stage 1 of light rail is progressing. As I noted yesterday as well—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, I ask whether or not Mr Pettersson’s question is in order. Yes there was mention of light rail in Mrs Kikkert’s question but it was specifically about the roles and functions of the executive director and his salary, as too was the supplementary. I ask you to rule whether Mr Pettersson’s question, which is generally about the benefits of light rail, is in order given what the original and supplementary questions and the answers were about.

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker, on the point of order, during Minister Fitzharris’s answer she went into quite a bit of detail about light rail not just across Canberra but across the nation as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: The question is in order, and I am sure the minister will talk about the progress, which will involve the activity of the public service official who was mentioned in the first question.

MS FITZHARRIS: Thank you Madam Speaker. Indeed it does. As I noted, this is a world-class infrastructure project being led by a world-class team which does, of course, involve an exceptionally experienced executive director.

The progress is extensive. The project is advancing very well. We have recently seen the delivery of some of the light rail track and we will soon see the laying of the concrete formwork for that light rail track and also later in the year the delivery, of course, of the first light rail vehicles as well.

We are already seeing extensive employment from across the Canberra region. This project is employing hundreds of people as we speak. New works projects have been going out regularly, employing local firms, employing local workers and, importantly, providing training for many local young people.

Education—Shaddock review recommendation

MR WALL: My question is to the minister for education and training. Minister, as part of its response to the schools for all report into students with challenging behaviour, the ACT government agreed to issue new guidelines on the appropriate use

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video