Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Questions without Notice
O'Sullivan, Senator Barry
My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Senator Nash. I refer to reports that Newlands Civil Construction has been awarded contracts valued at over $2.5 million as part of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project—a $1.6 billion project, 80 per cent funded by the Commonwealth government. What is the total value of works that Newlands Civil Construction has been contracted to deliver under the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project?
I venture to suggest that the answer is very close to the minister if she'd like to take it up. Has Minister Chester or his office requested or received advice as to whether Senator O'Sullivan has received a direct or indirect benefit as a result of any contracts under the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project?
If only we could ask Senator O'Sullivan! Given that Senator O'Sullivan stands to benefit under a $2.5 million contract, what assurance can the minister provide to the Senate that all dealings have been appropriately and legitimately entered into?