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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1709 ..




ACTEW - Price Increases

Mr Westende - asked the Minister for Urban Services:

In relation to your response to question on notice No 572 concerning the blow out in executive salary costs in ACT Electricity and Water (ACTEW).

(1) Will the Minister advise the Assembly how he justifies an 82% increase in Senior Executive Service (SES) salary costs in ACTEW.

(2) Will the Minister agree that an increase of this magnitude that is more than four times the increase in Australian award wages is outrageous in the current climate of budgetary difficulty for the Territory.

(3) Will the Minister advise the Assembly why ACTEWs household power and water charges have recently been permitted to rise by more than twice the increase in the national Consumer Price Index.

(4) Will the Minister explain why ACTEWs prices have increased at all while the surrounding state of New South Wales under a Liberal Government has been able to reduce electricity prices for business and freeze domestic charges until 1994-95

(5) As the ACT draws a large amount of power from NSW will the Minister instruct ACTEW to immediately freeze all prices.

(6) Does the Minister agree that the savings that could be achieved through the proposed Enterprise Agreement could assist greatly in containing the current pricing.


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