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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 1209..


(5) The rents will be fixed for the first twelve months in accordance with Clause 35 of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) Prescribed Terms set out in Schedule 1.

(6) Under the RTA Prescribed Terms, Clause 35 states that the rent may not be increased in the twelve months following the signing of a residential tenancy lease. After that, if the lease is extended, the rent may be reviewed and re-negotiated if appropriate.

(7) Any mortgages are a private arrangement between the owner and the mortgagee, they do not form a part of the contract between Housing ACT and the owner, therefore, Housing ACT will not take over mortgage payments.

(8) The average rent to be paid will depend on property size, location, and market values.

(9) The tenancies, including evictions, will be governed by the RTA in the same way as private rentals.

(10) Property damage, which is identified as a tenant responsibility, will be paid for by the tenant. No bond will be required. Housing ACT will undertake to return the properties to the owner in the condition in which they are received, less fair wear and tear.

Police force-incident reports

(Question No 1290)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on

2 March 2004:

(1) Are police officers required to go through 12 screen levels before they can make a report because the reporting is for statistical purposes rather than recording of incidents;

(2) Does it take 45 days to match a fingerprint; if so, why; if not, how long does it take.

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

(1) There are a number of screens which officers may fill in when entering an incident report on the police computer database; however the exact number will be based on the nature of the incident which in turn affects the data that needs to be entered. While statistics are obtained from the police incident computer database, the system is designed for recording incidents and reports of crime rather than wholly for statistical purposes.

(2) There is no standard length of time taken to match a fingerprint as the time for this task is dependent on a number of variables, including the clarity of the print, which in turn affects the level of processing required to identify the print, the scientific methodology used to analyse fingerprints that ensures the results of the fingerprint analysis or match can be used as legal evidence, and the volume of work and priority for different fingerprint requests.


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