Page 4199 - Week 11 - Thursday, 17 Sept 2009

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MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Corbell is providing information.

MR CORBELL: I will start again, Mr Speaker. In the Assembly yesterday, Mr Seselja asked me a question in which he asserted that Mr Sullivan, the Managing Director of Actew, had asserted in an estimates committee hearing on 18 May 2009 that the cost of the Cotter Dam could be 30 per cent higher than the 2008 estimate of $145 million. I am advised that Mr Sullivan did not say that. Mr Sullivan, in the estimates committee hearing, said:

In early 2008 the ICRC accepted an estimated cost of $145 million. We are working on an estimate of costs that we warned in that report could be 30 per cent higher than that again.

In December 2008 Actew Corporation reported to the government that the increase in price could be of the order of 50 to 70 per cent higher than the $145 million figure. This report was released publicly in March this year. The Canberra Times asked Mr Sullivan about the estimate of the cost of the dam as a result and he said that Actew had, in their most recent report, alerted that the price could be as high as 50 to 70 per cent higher.

Mr Seselja also asked what had happened between 18 May and 30 May this year. I am advised by Mr Sullivan that, in regard to this matter, nothing happened.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Ethics and Integrity Adviser for Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 10 April 2008, as amended 21 August 2008—Report for the period 25 June 2008 to 30 June 2009.

Committee reports—Schedule of Government responses—September 2009.

Territory-owned Corporations Act—statements of corporate intent

Papers and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Territory-owned Corporations Act, pursuant to subsection 19(3)—Statements of Corporate Intent—

ACTEW Corporation Ltd—2009/10 to 2012/13.

ACTTAB—1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010.

Rhodium Asset Solutions—2009-2010, dated July 2009.

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