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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 August 2017) . . Page.. 2360 ..

MR PARTON: Can the minister please detail the support that the ACT government provides to Safe Shelter?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Parton for the question. Safe Shelter have never requested any support from the ACT government for the service that they provide. However, my office, Housing ACT, St Vincent de Paul night patrol and OneLink are also able to provide support to clients that Safe Shelter might come across. We have encouraged Safe Shelter to put those people who are using Safe Shelter for crisis accommodation in touch with those services so that their needs can be best supported.

Canberra Hospital—procurement

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Health. It relates to the procurement process for selecting the contractor for replacement of the main electrical switchboard in building 2 at the Canberra Hospital. Minister, in your answer to question on notice No 295, you said that expressions of interest for replacement of the switchboard were called on 24 March 2016 and closed on 28 April 2016 and attracted six respondents. In your answer, you also said that on 9 June 2016 a short list was approved. Then you said that a decision as to the successful tenderer was made on 15 December 2016 and communicated to that company the next day. Minister, how many expression of interest respondents were on the short list approved in June 2016?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Milligan for the question. I do not have that with me. I will take the question on notice.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why did you allow one month for potential contractors to submit expressions of interest but gave yourself two months to develop a short list and then a further six months to decide on the successful tenderer?

MS FITZHARRIS: I would note that I was not the responsible minister at the time. I certainly understand that this, as in all—

Mrs Dunne: Yes, you were.

MS FITZHARRIS: In March 2016 I was not the Minister for Health.

Mrs Dunne: On 15 December 2016, you were.


MS FITZHARRIS: Madam Speaker, I am attempting to answer the question. It is certainly my understanding that procurement processes were followed, and throughout that period. There are a number of different stages in each procurement process, and it is certainly a process that directorates undertake themselves. I will see if I can provide more detail to the Assembly on the specifics of Mr Milligan’s question.

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