Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 7 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 1898 ..
MR SPEAKER: Mr De Domenico, I understand that you want to clarify something from yesterday.
MR DE DOMENICO: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the Assembly, too. Yesterday, in answer to a question asked by Mr Osborne, I might have given the impression that the Government has consulted with the ACT independent pricing commissioner. We could not have done that because he has not been appointed yet.
Mr Wood: He is not there yet, is he?
MR DE DOMENICO: That is right. That is why I wanted to stand up and clarify it.
Mr Wood: It was your usual bit of wind, wasn't it?
MR DE DOMENICO: No, it was not, Mr Wood. If you would sit back and be as patient as you normally are, you would know that it was not just the "usual bit of wind". What I was saying was that the independent pricing and regulatory tribunal of New South Wales - I did not use the words "of New South Wales", Mr Wood - the body, by the way, to be accessed by way of Mr Osborne's amendment, had been consulted and on 28 May that body advised that it had no problems with the new ACTEW prices, which, as I said yesterday, equate in real terms with a decrease in prices. I thought I would clarify that, Mr Speaker.
MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question without notice is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the Canberra Times on Saturday, 15 June, carried a front-page story which reported a meeting last December at Eagle Hawk Hill of Ministers, staff and department heads. The article claimed that the minutes of this meeting included a range of measures that would form a key part of the Carnell Government's strategy for the next two years. Mr Speaker, the Opposition has received a copy of these minutes and related documents, the front page of which is a fax cover sheet from the Chief Minister's Department to Mrs Carnell's chief of staff, and the handwritten note on the cover sheet reads in part:
Following is the material I transcribed from the notes taken at the Ministerial Retreat.