Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 01, 2022


Centre for First Nations Cultures

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (15:10): Further supplementary: given building and construction costs are currently rising exponentially, what is the opportunity cost of the suspension of works?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (15:10): I thank the honourable member for her question. As she points out, the cost of building things doesn't go down over time; it tends to go up over time. It wasn't tenable to build something that we know would be of local interest and significance when an ambition ought to be for something that's of international significance. The whole point of conducting a review is to look at how that will be done. The whole point of the review is to look at what the costs involved are and how to build something that is of true international significance.