Labor-Greens government fails transparency test again on CIT contracts


Canberra Liberals Leader Elizabeth Lee has slammed the ACT Labor-Greens Government for failing to release to the public, the full response from the CIT board over a recent contract for $4,999,990 despite the letter being provided to the media.

Ms Lee wrote to the Minister for Skills on 14 June asking that the response be provided to her and the public as soon as he received it, in the interest of full transparency.

Ms Lee said once again we see a government that has no interest in being open and transparent; and has no interest in taking responsibility with comments provided to the media coming from an ‘ACT Government Spokesperson’ instead of the minister responsible fronting up to the public.

“While we welcome an independent review into the recent contract - after all that is what we called for last week, it is not broad enough and needs to take into account all of the contracts awarded and CIT’s practices and processes," Ms Lee said.

“For total transparency, the terms of reference must be made public to ensure adequate scrutiny of all contracts awarded.

“The Minister must also come out and address these contracts and explain to the public what he and the Chief Minister knew, when they knew it and why they allowed further contracts to be signed after concerns were raised,” Ms Lee concluded.