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MR WALL (Brindabella) (12.34), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 4312].

The amendments, as I articulated in the speech, seek to delay the introduction of the scheme. Whilst the opposition does not agree with the intent of the secure local jobs code, we are also realists and realise that there is a significant amount of work to be done in the months between here and 15 January—the appointment of a registrar, the regulatory framework and then also the issuing of secure local jobs certificates to businesses—and we anticipate that there will be significant difficulty, both on the government’s side and on industry’s side, in seeking to do this.

Amendments negatived.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Disability, Minister for Children, Youth and Families, Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Minister for Government Services and Procurement, Minister for Urban Renewal) (12.35), by leave: I move amendments Nos 1 to 25 circulated in my name together [see schedule 2 at page 4312]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.36 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Roads—Gundaroo Drive

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Roads. Minister, stage 1 of the Gundaroo Drive duplication was due to be completed by June this year. It is now October and it does not seem likely that the road is going to be completed any time soon. The Canberra Times on Wednesday, 24 October reported that last month auditors had been called in regarding the project. Minister, under the contract, is the contractor or the government—as the principal—responsible for the delays and the variations to the contract?

MR STEEL: I thank the opposition leader for his interest in our government’s $121 million of upgrades to Gungahlin roads, including Gundaroo stage 1, which is a very important road project.

Certainly I acknowledge that there will be some disruptions for residents while this road project is completed. Of course, this is a very important road project. We have already seen very significant milestones this week, with the signalised intersection being switched on, which, I hear from my local Yerrabi members in this chamber, has already made a difference to road movements throughout the area.

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