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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (15 June) . . Page.. 1843..


The Assembly voted-


	 Ayes 7  			Noes 10

 Mr Berry  	Ms Tucker  	Mrs Burke 	Mr Moore
 Mr Corbell  	Mr Wood  	Mr Cornwell  	Mr Osborne
 Mr Hargreaves    		Mr Hird  	Mr Rugendyke
 Mr Quinlan    			Mr Humphries  	Mr Smyth
 Mr Stanhope    		Mr Kaine  	Mr Stefaniak

Question so resolved in the negative.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Statement by Chairman-new inquiry

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I wish to inform the house, pursuant to standing order 246A, that on 18 May this year the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services resolved as follows:

To inquire into and report by the last sitting day of August 2001 on extending the choice of electricity retailer to smaller customers with particular reference to:

(1) the ACT's undertakings and obligations in relation to the implementation of the Competition Principles Agreement and other National Competition Policy obligations and the cost to the government of foregone revenue of not meeting obligations under the Agreement;

(2) the effects, with particular reference to residential customers, of:

(a) the likely impact of the recently upward trend in prices within the National Electricity Market;

(b) the effect of possible increases in electricity prices for socially disadvantaged customers and options for safety nets for these groups;

(3) the means by which any identified adverse impacts may be avoided or mitigated.

Statement by Chairman-papers

MR HIRD: I wish to inform the house, pursuant to standing order 246A, that the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services has received correspondence concerning the Gungahlin Drive extension from Save the Ridge dated 21 March this year. I wish to make a statement.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR HIRD: On 8 March this year, the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services presented a very large report on proposals to extend Gungahlin Drive. The report was the subject of comment by a number of members at that time. On 27 March, I was asked by a member in this place about the committee's response to correspondence dated 21 March this year from a community organisation called Save


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