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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1470


Senator KNIGHT (ACT) - I direct a question to Senator Carrick in his capacity as Minister representing the Prime Minister and also in his capacity as Minister for National Development and Energy. I refer to the recent announcement by the Prime Minister of the Committee of Inquiry into Electricity Generation and the Sharing of Power Resources in South East Australia which will involve four States and the Commonwealth. Will the Australian Capital Territory be directly represented, for example by the Australian Capital Territory Electricity Authority or by the Department of the Capital Territory, on the committee of inquiry, particularly in view of the fact that the Commonwealth does not represent the Australian Capital Territory in the same way as State governments represent the States? I ask particularly whether such an option has been or will be considered.


Senator CARRICK - The Committee of Inquiry into Electricity Generation and the Sharing of Power Resources in South East Australia will be considering mainly the integration of large electricity systems incorporating generation and bulk high voltage transmission. Accordingly, it is directed primarily to the activities of State electricity authorities which are responsible for electricity generation. This contrasts with the role of the Australian Capital Territory Electricity Authority which is primarily concerned with reticulation of electricity in the Australian Capital Territory. The role of the Committee is not directed specifically to the role of the Australian Capital Territory Electricity Authority. The particular interests of the Australian Capital Territory will be served- I will ensure that they are- by the Commonwealth Government representative, Mr D. W. Douglas, the Associate Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority. It is also expected that the Committee will be inviting written submissions from interested parties. This will offer another channel for Australian Capital Territory interests to be expressed. In fact. I will make sure that the Committee makes known those opportunities to the Electricity Authority and interests in the Australian Capital Territory.







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