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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4828..


PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT - STANDING COMMITTEE
Acton-Kingston Land Swap - Paper

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, during question time, when I was not given a reasonable chance to answer a sensible question, I was asked by Mr Kaine to table some papers and that was reiterated by Mr Hird. I am quite happy to do that, but I remind members that at this stage it is an uncorrected proof copy. I think members are aware of how to treat it. I seek leave to table the paper.

Leave granted.

TERRITORY OWNED CORPORATIONS ACT
Papers and Ministerial Statement

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services): For the information of members and pursuant to subsection 19(3) of the Territory Owned Corporations Act 1990, I present statements of corporate intent for ACTTAB Ltd for the period 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1999, ACTEW Corporation Ltd, and Totalcare Industries Ltd for the period 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1999. I ask for leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR DE DOMENICO: I would like to bring the Assembly up to date with some important developments that relate to the Government's Territory-owned corporations, each of them a successful business. By way of background, the Territory Owned Corporations Act 1990 requires that when a government business enterprise has been corporatised it must provide a statement of corporate intent annually. ACTTAB Ltd is the latest ACT Government business to be corporatised - an event that occurred earlier this year. I therefore take great pleasure in tabling ACTTAB's first statement of corporate intent, and similar statements for 1996-97 for ACTEW Corporation Ltd and Totalcare Industries Ltd.

ACTTAB has a new direction. It is moving into an area that will see significant improvements on returns to the Government, the racing industry and the community. ACTTAB will upgrade technology in betting outlets and explore new betting pool links and gaming products. The new arrangements establish a framework whereby ACTTAB has a much greater commercial focus, coupled with the ability to respond quickly to the market and new developments in gaming. I recall that during question time Mr Berry found it difficult to understand why we would have to see what New South Wales did in terms of the TAB. I note that the New South Wales Labor Government has recently announced its intention to privatise its TAB.

ACTEW Corporation, which is already chalking up some impressive achievements by seeking and gaining work outside the Australian Capital Territory, will continue its quest for diversity and bigger market share. ACTEW's statement of corporate intent for 1996-97 says that the corporation will continue to provide cost-effective water, sewerage and electricity services to the Canberra community. ACTEW has been very much a success story since its corporatisation, and its statement of corporate intent indicates some of ACTEW's innovative approaches to new markets.


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