Page 4976 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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MRS JONES: Why did you not inform the Chapman residents back in 2017 of intentions to sell part of the block for another use?

MS BERRY: That was a decision of government.

Government—procurement policies

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Government Services and Procurement. Minister, I refer to reports in the media of 4 October that EventsACT staff signed $550,000 of contracts without the correct authority. Staff also gave out nearly $700,000 of work without a contract and failed to get the minimum three quotes for about $160,000 worth of work. When did the ACT government first become aware that EventsACT was not following the proper procurement processes in relation to the event?

MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, you are taking that?

MR BARR: I will take that question. Yes, it has obviously been the subject of previous questioning and I will take that date on notice.

MR WALL: I ask either the Minister for Government Services and Procurement or the Chief Minister: what have you done to satisfy yourself that EventsACT has followed the correct procurement processes in relation to other events such as the Enlighten Festival?

MR BARR: Yes, following those particular issues there has been a series of training courses for staff in that area. The details of that were provided to the opposition, I believe, through a question on notice in the past week or so.

MR COE: Chief Minister, what changes to processes have you put in place to ensure that your directorate is using the correct procurement process?

MR BARR: The directorate is aware that they failed in this particular instance. As I mentioned in my response to the previous answer, they have put in place a range of training mechanisms and processes to address that.

Mr Coe: It’s your success but their failures.

MR BARR: Ministers do not participate in the procurement process. Mr Coe knows that. That is rightly handled independently by the public service. In this instance there was a failure of process. It has been addressed, and training has been provided for staff who undertake procurement activities.

Sport—government support

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Sport and Recreation: how do recent announcements in the sport and recreation portfolio show the confidence of sports to invest in elite content and facilities in Canberra?

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