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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4133 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

November 28 29 30

December 5 6 7

Mr Speaker, this is fairly straightforward. The pattern has been discussed with other members and it reflects the decision that the Assembly took earlier today to have a sitting in May in order to be able to present the budget, one in June to be able to pass the budget, and for the period intervening to be left free of sittings so that if members wish - this goes back to the question Mr Corbell asked me earlier today - there is opportunity for an Estimates Committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR HUMPHRIES (Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Community Safety)(4.33): I move:

That this Assembly, pursuant to subsection 16 (4) of the Territory Owned Corporations Act 1990 and noting that the voting shareholders of CanDeliver Limited support the disposal, approves the disposal of the main undertakings of CanDeliver Limited.

Mr Speaker, the Territory Owned Corporations Act requires that the voting shareholders of any territory owned corporation come back to the Assembly to obtain the approval of the Assembly before main undertakings, at least, of a statutory owned or a territory owned corporation be disposed of. The Government proposes, pursuant to this motion, to permit the disposal of the main undertakings of CanDeliver Ltd.

Mr Speaker, the reasons for that proposal are outlined in a review of the future of CanDeliver which I have circulated to members for their examination, and the recommendations of the board of CanDeliver. Both of those prompts are matters that I believe the Assembly needs to act upon.

CanDeliver was set up initially to provide a vehicle to ensure that the agencies and enterprises in the ACT which might be in a position to bid for components of work being outsourced by the Commonwealth should not be disadvantaged by virtue of their small size relative to larger enterprises outside the ACT which might, by virtue of that size, be able to succeed to work which local enterprises might not be able to obtain. It was the view of the Government, in light of what was then a considerable degree, apparently, of Commonwealth outsourcing to be undertaken, that there ought to be a vehicle to permit local businesses to be able to successfully obtain that work.

In the life of CanDeliver, for about the last two or three years, we have seen a range of business opportunities bid for by CanDeliver, some of them outsourced work from the Commonwealth and some of them from other quarters, including the ACT Government.

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