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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3510 ..


(2) unless the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly:

(a) will convene on 10 May 2019 at 10 am for a ceremonial sitting to commemorate the 30th anniversary of self-government for the Australian Capital Territory, being 11 May 1989; and

(b) notwithstanding the standing orders, the only business that will be considered by the Assembly at this sitting will be prayers and reflections, followed by consideration of notices and orders of the day that concern the 30th anniversary of self-government, and shall adjourn thereafter.

MR WALL (Brindabella) (10.56): The opposition will be supporting the motion. The pattern is not quite as short as some have been, but—

Mr Barr: And early enough notice for you this year?

MR WALL: It was good. Thank you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Icon Water contracts with ActewAGL

Order to table

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (10.56): I move:

That, in accordance with standing order 213A, this Assembly orders the tabling of the Icon Water contracts with ActewAGL (Corporate Services Agreement and Customer Services and Community Support Agreement).

I firmly believe that we need more transparency when it comes to the operations of Icon Water. In particular, the contracts they have with ActewAGL be made public and in full. The vast majority of Canberrans did not know these contracts existed. The reason for that is because nothing at all was published about them. It was only when I asked questions in annual report hearings last year that we discovered the existence of these contracts.

Icon Water has gone into arrangements to the tune of $25 million per year and there was no visibility of this expenditure and no visibility of the contracts. It goes to the sort of operation being run at Icon Water that they had no intention of bringing any clarity to how this money is being spent. Of course, $25 million spread across the water payers of Canberra is very significant. When that $25 million per year is rolled into the water bills of every single Canberran, we are talking about a huge amount of money each Canberran is paying to fund these two contracts with ActewAGL.

The two contracts in question are the customer services and community support agreement and the corporate services agreement. Whilst on face value it seems quite reasonable that there would be contracts for the delivery of these services, the two issues of particular concern to me are: firstly, the cost or the value of these contracts; but, secondly, the lack of information available about these contracts.


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