Disclose infrastructure contracts earlier, former min agrees


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Disclosing infrastructure contracts more often and earlier would be welcome, says a former state minister. Too often governments hide behind commercial-in-confidence provisions.

State governments are overly protective of commercial information to the detriment of transparency, one former state minister has told The Mandarin, backing a federal frontbencher’s call for more disclosure.

In what was seen by some as a rebuke to the Victorian government over its secrecy around East West Link, federal Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs says states should make public the business cases on major infrastructure projects more often and earlier. He told The Australian Financial Review:

“I’m for more transparency … We need to come to an agreement with the states and Infrastructure Australia for a format or a set of information we can release early on which doesn’t give away the game as far as tenderers are concerned.”

Afterwards, the junior minister told ABC Local Radio:

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