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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 11 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 3356 ..

MR QUINLAN: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker, on water and sewerage. Can you explain - - -

Ms Carnell: So, you have given up on the electricity functions.

MR QUINLAN: No, stay with water and sewerage. It is the remainder. It is the bit that is not subject to risk, which is what we are talking about. In relation to water and sewerage, can you explain how the people of the ACT can retain genuine ownership of franchised dams, water treatment works and sewerage works when you intend to flog off the pipe distribution and collection networks? Can you please give us your vision of events at the expiration of the 50-year franchise period?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, in terms of being asked for an opinion, normally we rule out opinions of what will happen next year. I have to tell you that in 50 years' time there is not a big chance I will even be here.

Mr Corbell: She does not care, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: She does not care because she will not be here. It is 50 years on; therefore, it does not matter, Mr Speaker. That is what the Chief Minister is saying to us today. My question is to the Chief Minister.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, is that your question? In which case, you can sit down and wait for the answer.

Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker, point of order: The point I made there - - -

Mr Quinlan: I am satisfied with the answer, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment.

Mr Berry: That is not a point of order, Mr Speaker. Which standing order, Mr Speaker?

Ms Carnell: Mr Speaker, the point of order I made was that the question should be ruled out of order because I was being asked for an opinion, but not even an opinion now, an opinion in 50 years. So, the question should be ruled out of order.

MR SPEAKER: Order! With all the noise - - -

Mr Quinlan: Point of order, Mr Speaker: The question related to the rationalisation that the Government can place on selling water and sewerage. It has nothing to do with - - -

MR SPEAKER: Fifty years down the track?

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