Labor-Greens Government admit procurement system is broken


The Labor-Greens government’s response to the Auditor-General’s report into the Campbell Primary School Modernisation Project indicates there are significant issues with procurements within the ACT Government.

Canberra Liberals Leader Elizabeth Lee said the fact that the Labor-Greens Government will be undertaking a whole-of-government procurement reform program is a clear indication the system is broken.

“This Labor-Greens Government has had 20 years to create a procurement system Canberrans can trust, and they have failed,” Ms Lee said.

“The fact they need to reform the system shows there are significant problems.

“While it is all well and good to suggest reform, unless the Labor-Greens government addresses the culture of secrecy they have created, Canberrans will not receive the value for money from procurements that they deserve.

“It is astounding that it has taken a scathing Auditor’s-General Report into the Campbell Primary Modernisation Project for this government to realise there are issues with procurements in the ACT.

“It is valid that Canberrans ask how many other procurements completed by this government lacked probity where tenderers were not treated fairly, impartially or consistently,” Ms Lee concluded.