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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 2729 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

In the meantime, the ACT is preparing its drug strategy. Of course we want it to be consistent with the national drug strategy. Until we launch our new ACT drug strategy, the current ACT drug strategy will apply. It too is based on harm minimisation. It is a strategy that we will all work on. It was fantastic to see members of the ministerial council working together to ensure that we can get the most effective possible approach to dealing with both licit and illicit drugs in our community.

Sydney Water Supply : ACTEW

MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (5.20): Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, I think Mr Corbell will want to change some of the things he said earlier with regard to statements that I made in question time. I quote from the transcript that I quoted from in question time with regard to what Mr Corbell said. Mr Corbell said on the Alex Sloan program:

Well, very clearly, Sydney and I think Kate Carnell failed to mention the fact that Sydney Water is a franchise, which is exactly what she's proposing for the ACT.

Those are exactly the words I used. Sydney Water is not a franchise, Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker. It is owned by Sydney Water Corporation. A corporation totally owned by the New South Wales Government owns and operates Sydney Water. There was no comment about Prospect. From my knowledge anyway Prospect is a BOOT project. It is owned by the private sector. It is not a franchise either. So on either basis Mr Corbell has misled the house. That is quite serious.

Mr Quinlan: It is in the private sector then. Good. I am glad we cleared that up.

MS CARNELL: Well, it is serious. That is a straight mislead. There is not even a different way of looking at it on this one. I am giving Mr Corbell an opportunity to get up and apologise because, as you know, these things are very serious. Members have to apologise and right the record as soon as they know they have misled the house.

Similarly, Mr Quinlan, on 26 October, said, and I will quote exactly:

The people of Canberra also benefit from a stream of Income ... Tax equivalents which this government would happily allow to flow to the Commonwealth Government once Actew is sold off.

I will now also quote Mr Stanhope on the same issue:

... and handing the Commonwealth the taxation equivalents the corporation now pays to the ACT Government - 36 per cent of its net profit, or about 20 million a year.

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