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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Page: 9093

Senator RYAN (VictoriaAssistant Cabinet Secretary) (12:15): Mr Deputy President, I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted.

Senator RYAN: The Australian government is not purchasing land in Gosford and is not constructing an office building in Gosford; therefore, it is not correct that there is a proposed Australian Taxation Office building development in Gosford. The ATO released an expression of interest in October 2014 to commence the procurement process. The EOI specified required dimensions for the commercial offices' premises within a 1.5-kilometre radius of Gosford city centre. The EOI noted the ATO would consider premises to be constructed, or refurbished, or in existing condition. The preferred tenderer, Doma Group, will construct the new building on a site that Doma Group has secured from the New South Wales government. The Australian government will lease premises for 600 employees, the majority being ATO staff. As the Australian government is not building on the old Gosford Public School site, or purchasing the old site from the New South Wales government, the Australian government holds no documents concerning contacts with the New South Wales government about the purchase or lease of the site. Doma Group will seek a development application approval from the local council.

Question agreed to.