Page 831 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 27 February 2013
ACTEW Corporation Ltd—management
MR COE: My question is to the Treasurer. On ABC radio yesterday, the following occurred. “Presenter: ‘Has there been problems with how ACTEW has been managed over many years?’ Gray, ‘Yes.’” Today, in the Canberra Times the Chief Minister has stated in regard to governance, “There hasn’t been any major concerns that I’ve had as shareholder.” Treasurer, as the other shareholder, do you have any concerns about how ACTEW has been managed over many years?
MR BARR: I have only been a shareholder for about 18 months, and in the period that I have been a shareholder I have had no concerns.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Treasurer, what evidence did your government have that you can confidently state there are no major concerns, and why is this the opposite view to what Mr Gray said?
MR BARR: There have been independent regulatory processes undertaken over the time since self-government, I believe.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, you seem to be causing difficulty for the Treasurer, who cannot answer the question while you are speaking. If you would like to hear the answer to the question—
MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I cannot even get a word out before another question comes, but in terms of the ICRC’s oversight of ACTEW over a period of time, I am comfortable with that oversight.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: Treasurer, to what extent does the management of ACTEW have on the effect on service prices?
Mr Barr: Could you repeat the first part of the question, please?
MR WALL: To what extent has the management of ACTEW had an effect on service prices?
MR BARR: Prudent and effective management of ACTEW over a number of years has certainly assisted in the efficient delivery of water and sewerage services to the territory.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.
DR BOURKE: Treasurer, how can my constituents have a say in this process?