Page 3895 - Week 09 - Thursday, 25 August 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, I think I did hear you ask why the former minister took this position. I think that is probably not a valid part of the question. I would like you to reframe the question—not seeking that information.

MR SESELJA: Thank you. Minister, is it your intention to carry out the threat to the development application now that it has been called in by your colleague?


MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Why not?

MR BARR: Because I see no need to.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth, a supplementary?

MR SMYTH: Minister, is it appropriate for a minister to be making threats to another minister over an application during a live DA process?

MR BARR: I think that is seeking an expression of opinion, Mr Speaker. Look, there will always be robust exchanges between ministers on policy issues.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Smyth?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what steps did you take and how was this threat or intention resolved?

MR BARR: Through discussion.

ACTEW Corporation Ltd—water

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. In the last week we have seen reports of dipping sales and, consequently, the profits for ACTEW Corporation attributed to the increased rainfall we have experienced over the past year or so. Today we see a report that Canberrans pay the highest price for water in Australia. Treasurer, can Canberrans expect to rescue ACTEW profitability by paying an even higher price for water?

MR BARR: Prices are set independently, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, what is the status of the review of ACTEW’s water pricing policy?

Members interjecting—

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