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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 2399..


MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):

Copy of email to committee secretariat from Michele Norris, Company Secretary, Actew Corporation Ltd, dated 24 August 2007, including attachments.

The witness lists were incomplete and have now been corrected. In relation to that aspect of the estimates report, as former chair of the committee, I was advised on Friday, 24 August 2007, subsequent to the tabling of the estimates report, that there was a misrepresentation of data provided by Actew in relation to the cost of the 2006 water options review of the planning variables for water supply and demand assessment. The $3.4 million referred to was in fact the cost of the future water options project, not the subsequent review. The issue was considered sufficiently significant for the response to be reproduced here for information.

Mr Stefaniak: I seek leave to make briefly comment on what Mr Gentleman said. I seek leave to make a statement.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman has made a statement as the former chair of a committee.

Mr Stefaniak: And I seek leave to make a brief statement as the former deputy chair.

Leave not granted.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Estimates 2007-2008—Select Committee

Statement by member

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra-Leader of the Opposition): I again seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: It is in relation to Mr Gentleman's tabling of those papers. I have an understanding that after a committee ceases it is the role of the Speaker to table those papers. I would like your comments on that, Mr Speaker. And I hope that, in future, whoever is at fault here rectifies any faults a bit earlier. I cannot recall this happening before. Whilst it is a technical point, my understanding is that, rather than Mr Gentleman, as chair of a committee, finalising the tabling, it should have come through to you. I seek a comment on that, Mr Speaker, in terms of this particular matter.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, as the former chair, sought leave of the house to present these papers and was granted leave. I am at the command of the house—mere putty in your fingers. However, there is a paper that is coming to me, I understand, which I will table, and which was a result of a question. I think it was a response to a question in the committee. It will come to me and I will table it. But, just to clarify, Mr Gentleman was given leave to do that.


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