Page 4026 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 16 Sept 2009

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MR DOSZPOT: I am very disappointed about Ms Burch’s outburst and about her claims that I gave no attention or support, that I was anti the merit-based pay system. You did not listen to what I said, Ms Burch. I in fact endorsed what you have said. I accepted the motion’s intent, including the merit-based system. I did not speak against it. We did support that. What I said was that I had a great deal of difficulty in accepting the reality of the implementation of this proposed initiative. There was a lot of spin and there were a lot of motherhood statements, but there was no reality. I backed up exactly—

Mr Barr: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker: he is now debating the matter.

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, thank you very much. You have probably now given the explanation and there is no need for a debate on it. Thank you for your explanation.

Motion agreed to.


MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (11.10): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the need to secure Canberra’s future water supply;

(2) supports the construction of the enlarged Cotter Dam as announced by the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water in March 2009;

(3) notes:

(a) the decision of the Minister for Planning, announced on 26 August 2009, to exercise his call-in powers in relation to ACTEW Corporation’s development application for the enlarged Cotter Dam; and

(b) with concern:

(i) the announcement by ACTEW Corporation on 3 September 2009 that the cost of construction for the enlarged Cotter Dam had blown out to $363 million; and

(ii) the anticipated increased costs for the Murrumbidgee to Googong transfer project;

(4) expresses its concern at the lack of capacity of the ACT Government and its agencies, including Territory-owned corporations, to manage capital works; and

(5) calls on the Chief Minister, on behalf of the shareholders of ACTEW Corporation, and any ministers having an involvement in water security

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