Andrew Barr needs to answer questions about the alleged involvement of the ACT government with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) regarding an alleged attempt to stop a local business from working on a government school project, Shadow Minister for Small Business Andrew Wall said today.
“Today’s media reports about this issue relating to the construction of the Coombs Primary School raise questions about the level of influence exercised by union officials on ACT government projects. The allegations that now assert strong links with the Barr government and certain directorates need to be refuted by Andrew Barr,” Mr Wall said.
“The Chief Minister needs to answer the following questions:
- Were any Labor Ministers aware that an ACT Procurement and Capital Works officer had allegedly approached the project manager of this site and told him to ‘part ways’ with an ACT small business Advanced Plumbing and Drains because the CFMEU had told him to?
- Are any Labor Ministers aware of this sort of practice occurring in relation any other ACT government contracts?
“The Barr government needs to explain what arms length oversight is in place given its political links to the union movement. ACT businesses and workers alike deserve to be treated fairly,” Mr Wall concluded.