Penal battalion delay. Why get donations from one developer when you can harvest many?

johnboy 13 September 2012

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is hopping mad that, despite a great many things having been announced as caretaker mode looms before the election, the decision as to which developer will be paid to build ACT Public Service offices in Gungahlin has been kicked into the long grass:

The ACT Labor Government has left developers potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars out of pocket by delaying a decision on the Gungahlin office block until after the election, ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today. Mr Seselja said many companies spent thousands of dollars to get their tenders in on time, and now the government will not even confirm that the project is still on the cards.

“Developers who tendered for this project have wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars because of Andrew Barr’s incompetence,” Mr Seselja said.

“Andrew Barr’s refusal to even confirm if the project is still on the cards shows just how poorly this has been managed.

Readers of a cynical turn of mind might wonder if now all the potential bidders will now be encouraged to keep donating through the election. Whereas if the game was no longer in play they might be less generous.

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