19 July 2013

Actew gets reviewed

| johnboy
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Andrew Barr has taken the eyebrow raising step of announcing a review of institutional arrangements for ACTEW Corporation Limited:

The ACT Government is today announcing that it has commissioned Dr Bruce Cohen to review the Territory’s institutional arrangements for ACTEW Corporation Limited.

Dr Cohen has a strong background in public policy and government administration in relation to the provision of infrastructure services. He is a barrister who has served on the boards of Melbourne Water, VENCorp and Snowy Hydro Limited. He was also a former Commissioner with the Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission for its inquiry into reform of Melbourne’s retail water sector.

As part of the terms of reference, Dr Cohen will examine the existing ACTEW arrangements to determine whether they remain appropriate and effective, in order to ensure the ACT’s water and sewerage requirements are delivered within the most efficient and effective arrangements.

Public submissions into the review will be welcomed – details on making submissions will be advised.

The review is expected to be submitted for the Government to consider later this year and will be made public.

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I just want to know where the money fairies are, because Costello assures us that his corporate largesse does not impact on electricity prices. $300,000 staff parties? No worries, the fairies look after it. Huge corporate sponsorships? All down to those fairies. Extravagant senior staff salaries? Must be the tooth fairies leaving sacks of loot under their pillows while they sleep.

I just want a bit of this fairy action (so to speak).

Is Dr Cohen being sponsored by ACTEW?

HiddenDragon10:23 pm 19 Jul 13

Let’s just hope this doesn’t simply result in a shiny, new “responsive” structure with more corporate types and fewer people who actually know about the nuts and bolts of the business.

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