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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 10 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 3052 ..

Debate resumed (continuing):

(e) in relation to the proposed sale of ACTEW, the effectiveness of any regulatory regime in achieving:

(i) consumer protection mechanisms;

(ii) fair and just price setting mechanisms;

(iii) adequate service standards; and

(iv) an adequate level of maintenance of system infrastructure; and

(f) any other related matter.

(2) the Committee be composed of:

(a) one Member to be nominated by the Government;

(b) one Member to be nominated by the Opposition; and

(c) two Members to be nominated by the four members of the cross benches

to be notified in writing by 3 pm on Thursday, 19 November 1998 and duly appointed by the Assembly;

(3) the Committee report by the first sitting day of February 1999, and the Government take no action in relation to the sale of ACTEW until the Assembly has considered the Government's response to the Select Committee report; and

(4) the foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect notwithstanding anything contained in the standing orders.

MR OSBORNE (11.29): I move:

That the debate be adjourned and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour this day.

I seek leave to make a short statement to explain why, Mr Speaker.

Leave granted.

MR OSBORNE: Given that I have been quite busy in the last week, I have not given much thought to this issue. I intend over the luncheon break to sit down with Mr Quinlan, Mr Rugendyke and the Government to see how good a deal I can make. But it is too late now, is it not? Oh, I got that wrong! Mr Speaker, I just need to look at the issues over the lunch break and come back to them this afternoon.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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