Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 22 March 2018) . . Page.. 949 ..
The former director said:
I think it was … the Minister for Economic Development, and—and he was Treasurer.
The Sydney Morning Herald said of this exchange:
The import of the words can hardly escape notice. This is a senior official negotiating a deal to sell prime government land—
Mr Steel: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, questions must be brief, under standing order 117(a).
MADAM SPEAKER: That is true and I hope you are coming to the point of your question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: There is much of the AG’s report I would love to read out, to be honest.
MADAM SPEAKER: That is not what we are here for, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Okay. The quote continues:
This is a senior official negotiating a deal to sell prime government land telling the auditor that he was working on the basis that the government—Barr—wanted the CFMEU-run Tradies to win.
Chief Minister, do you still maintain, despite this evidence in the Auditor-General’s report, that you had no influence on or input into whatsoever with regard to this deal?
MR BARR: Yes, as the Auditor-General has found.
MR COE: Chief Minister, are you asserting that a former director of your own agency fabricated evidence to the Auditor-General?
MR BARR: No.
MR PARTON: Chief Minister, will you drop this facade and admit that this is a dodgy deal that has granted up to $2.6 million to the CFMEU?
MR BARR: If that question does not contain an imputation, I do not know what does. I do not think I am going to dignify that question with a response.
MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, how are the government and ACT Policing protecting the community from criminal gangs?