Page 2413 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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Private members’ business—notice No 7

Lapse of notice

Upon notice No 7, private members’ business, being called on and the member not being present, pursuant to standing order 127, it was withdrawn from the notice paper.

Standing orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Coe) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Coe from moving notice No 7 on the Notice Paper.

Icon Water—accountability

MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (5.50): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the ongoing and secure supply of water and power are integral to modern life and that appropriate, effective and commercially sound practices of the suppliers of these services are in the best interests of Canberra;

(b) the essential service provided by Icon Water to the ACT community, and that its methods of operation impact both residential and commercial consumers;

(c) that Icon Water is a wholly Territory-owned corporation, and is subject to reporting and transparency requirements, including:

(i) freedom of information requests;

(ii) annual report hearings;

(iii) estimates hearings; and

(iv) auditing by the Auditor-General;

(d) that the inclusion of Icon Water in these government accountability processes presupposes that Icon Water should be subject to a high level of scrutiny and through its involvement in these procedures should not only provide information upon request, but also proactively disclose information that would be in the public’s interest;

(e) that there is concern that Icon Water is seen to be protected or exempt from rigorous public scrutiny by virtue of its unique standing as a private corporation, despite being wholly Territory-owned;

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