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Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Page: 1487


Senator SINODINOS (New South WalesAssistant Treasurer) (13:55): I rise to make a statement in regard to the current inquiry into Australia Water Holdings Pty Ltd by the Independent Commission Against Corruption in New South Wales. I have been called as a witness to the ICAC and, as I have said on the public record on numerous occasions, I will be cooperating with the inquiry. I do not want this sideshow to be an unnecessary distraction to the important work of the government which I am proud to serve. Whilst this process is underway, I will therefore be standing aside as Assistant Treasurer. I thank my colleagues for their strong support and for their ongoing faith in my integrity. The ICAC is an important forum—the appropriate forum for me to answer any questions in relation to this matter. Thank you.