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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 A design brief includes a list of offices and requirements and their interrelationship. It covers all areas and their designated functions. It is not simply a matter of putting those areas together and saying that that will result in an appropriate building that accommodates all requirements exactly. By the time the current design concept was accepted and the interrelationships between areas and designated functions were all laid out, it was clear that we could accommodate 40 members within that design. That was regarded as a positive aspect of the design that was eventually accepted. When that approach is understood, it is not difficult to accommodate the idea of the additional 3800 m2 area, despite the fact that some areas previously allowed for were eliminated. There is talk about the strategic plan and how long it took to produce. In fact, it was the second strategic plan produced, because the first was based on the original Tipperary concept which was not adopted. Even members opposite would agree that it would have been a little strange had a strategic plan been developed for a building for which no conceptual plan would be accepted for another year. That would have required the development of a building strategy and construction program for a building that had not then been designed. What a load of rot! They crow about the 28-day requirement without thinking for a second that the conceptual design was a year away from being finalised. The same applied to the security deposit. I do not know when it was banked nor would the Minister for Transport and Works. I do not think he has ever worked for the Receiver of Territory Monies. Certainly, I do not stand there each day and see what cheques come in. I do not know whether the delay in construction was the cause or not. The point is that the $3m security deposit was provided as a bond. It has been reduced, as mentioned by the honourable member. As for the talk of sweetheart deals and no public tenders, honourable members have been told a number of times that the only directly negotiated part of this was with Tipperary Developments Pty Ltd for project management of the State Square development for a fee of 3-75% of the construction package as agreed to and as tendered for by subcontractors on the open market, plus the fixed $1.75n>- Those were the only aspects that were negotiated. Thus, a little over k% of the total project was negotiated with the developer which had put in an enormous effort. We would have had to square up with the developer if we had not appointed it to manage the project. It is not true that Multiplex was appointed direct ... Mr Bailey: It was selected by Tipperary. Mr FINCH: Mr Speaker, you may recall, even if members opposite do not, the public fuss that occurred about 'preferred treatment'. Tenders were received from consortiums of groups and from groups that tendered individually. The truth is that the Multiplex tender was $750 000 lower than any other. I cannot recall exactly, but I believe there were 6 tenderers. The contract went to public tender. In relation to subcontractors, honourable members opposite know that all subcontract packages have been offered for fair and reasonable competition between local companies. As for local subcontractors going broke, to my knowledge, not one that has worked on that project has gone broke. Nor have those people been lined up in the dole queues, as members opposite would have us believe. Certainly, it is always exasperating on a major project if 10 164

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