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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1206..


(5) ActewAGL is not the sole supplier of retail electricity and gas in the ACT. Further, ACTEW informs me that Mr Mackay does not believe that he wittingly engaged in an act that was politically partisan.

(6) ActewAGL does not have a monopoly over utility supplies. Mr Mackay has publicly apologised in the Canberra Times to those who might have been offended by the statue.

Housing-rents

(Question No 1286)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

(1) How many A.C.T. Housing tenants pay full market rent;

(2) What is meant by full market rent;

(3) Is this rent adjusted; if so, how and when;

(4) If this rent is not adjusted, why not.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) As at 8 March 2004 1,663 tenants pay market rent.

(2) Market rent is defined in Section 15 (1) of the Housing Assistance Act 1987. It states that it is the rent that would be payable if the property were let by a willing landlord to a willing tenant-

(a) who had dealt with each other at arm's length; and

(b) each of whom had acted knowledgeably, prudently and without compulsion.

(3) Market rent is adjusted annually as required by Section 15 (3) of the Housing Assistance Act.

(4) Rent is not adjusted if the annual valuation confirms the current market rent.

Communities @ Work Inc

(Question No 1287)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

(1) What are the details of your Department's support for the Communities @ Work Inc directory for Tuggeranong and Weston Creek regions and, if financial, how much;

(2) Is it intended to produce similar directories for other regions of the A.C.T.; if so, when; if not, why not;

(3) How will this directory be distributed to the community;


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