Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0509 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 9 MAY 2014
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I OPPOSED the CLP Power and Wa-
ter Corporation Legislation Amend-
ment in Parliament.
The CLP case for splitting PowerWater Cor-
poration lacked an independent cost- benefit
analysis and evidence based approach for
splitting one corporation into three separate
The CLP legislation was based on rhetoric
lacking eminent experts in industry produc-
ing a transparent cost-benefit analysis for
evidence demonstrating benefits outweigh
The Opposition and Independent Members
questioned whether electricity supply will be
more robust and reliable, will PowerWater
Corporation run more efficiently, will aver-
age households and business be better off,
will the cost of electricity rise or fall?
In debate I challenged Government citing
legislation passing on the Treasurer’s rheto-
ric, ‘just trust me’ is inappropriate!
The clear political alternative was engaging
an independent team of industry experts to
conduct a cost-benefit analysis and evidence
based research on the Northern Territory’s
utilities provision for a massive geographic
area and small customer base.
The Treasurer told media the cost of split-
ting Power and Water will be $2 million, the
Public Accounts Committee was told $6.8
million and other jurisdictions show in excess
of $10 million!
The Chief Minister recently signed the
Federal COAG agreement with Treasurer Joe
Hockey offering cash incentives for States
and Territories to sell public assets.
Reading the ‘fine print’ the CLP Bill split-
ting PowerWater sees privatisation by stealth
where Section 53; Part 5A states “for the
purpose of effecting the transfer of all or
part of the business of a Government owned
corporation to a relevant entity.”
So what’s a relevant entity?
Either a Government owned corporation, a
subsidiary, a statutory corporation, body cor-
porate owned by the Territory or Corporation
(as defined in the Corporations Act 2001).
A Corporation defined in the Corporations
Act 2001 is a company where Government
regulation to sell off parts of PowerWater
Corporation can essentially transfer public
assets to private control!
Leader of the Opposition Delia Lawrie
questioned the CLP Government on plans
to sell the Territory Insurance Office (TIO)
without a mandate from the people.
The question exposed the CLP Government
short-sighted agenda to sell off Territory as-
sets for quick cash with Chief Minister Adam
Giles, refusing to rule out the sale.
Territorians rallied to prevent the sale of
TIO in 2006 under the previous Labor Gov-
ernment who listened however the CLP are
focused on quick cash for election promises,
$77 million in new money for Palmerston
NT families and businesses need flood
coverage in Katherine, cyclone coverage
in the Top End and natural disaster cover in
Central Australia with insurance needs at risk
if TIO is sold.
Public Transport, Darwin Port, PowerWater
Corporation and Territory Insurance Office
reflect a Liberal agenda to sell off assets put-
ting profits before people.
For the Northern Territory such policy is
short-sighted risking the Territory’s wealth
generators for the future; Government policy
needing scrutiny at a General Election.
Member for Barkly
policy needs scrutiny
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