CANBERRA LIBERALS PUSH FOR TRANSPARENCY ON LIGHT RAIL CONTRACTS

Today the Canberra Liberals will introduce legislation into the Assembly that will require the government to be completely open with Canberrans about any light rail contracts it enters into, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“As I’ve said repeatedly, the best course of action would be for the Barr government to put light rail on hold until after the ACT Election, to allow Canberrans to have their say on the project. However, if the government is so arrogant as to enter into contracts, they need to be open about what taxpayers are up for,” Mr Coe said.

“My legislation does not allow for provisions of the contract to be declared ‘commercial in confidence’.

“We are moving this legislation ahead of contracts possibly being signed in order to give advance warning to relevant parties.

“The government is proposing the biggest infrastructure project in the ACT’s history and Canberrans deserve to be informed about what the government is committing to in terms of light rail,” Mr Coe concluded.