Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 11 February 2016) . . Page.. 255 ..
MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, you are on a number of warnings. Mr Corbell on the question of how many payments have been made.
MR CORBELL: The government is relying on advice from ActewAGL Distribution for the payments that have been made to generators. It is ActewAGL Distribution that makes these payments, and we are relying on advice from them as to whether or not we can ascertain the exact number of payments. Unfortunately, we have not been able to receive a precise number in relation to that matter.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.
MRS JONES: Minister, how much has been paid to medium renewable energy generators? Of that figure, how much was paid illegally and will we ever know?
MR CORBELL: I refer Mrs Jones to my earlier answer.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.
MS LAWDER: Minister, why did the government continue to make payments even when it was aware the payments were not legal?
MR CORBELL: It is incorrect to assert that the payments were illegal. The amendments clarify an ambiguity in the existing legislation.
Opposition members interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Order!
MR CORBELL: Their comments reflect their lack of experience in government, Madam Speaker. The amendments are to clarify a legal ambiguity and that is why they have been brought to the Assembly.
In relation to the second part of Ms Lawder’s question, as I indicated to Mrs Jones in my answer to her question, it is not the government that makes these payments. It is ActewAGL distribution.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.
MS LAWDER: Minister, can you guarantee there are no other cases in your portfolios, or indeed Mr Gentleman’s, where illegal payments are being made?
MR CORBELL: The payments are not illegal.
MS LAWDER: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in December 2015, January 2016 and again this month, February, there have been a number of reports from local residents of a foul smell in Tuggeranong, which is said to be coming from the Mugga Lane tip. Chief Minister, what are the findings of the EPA investigation into the foul smell?