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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2264..


I believe, around 90 per cent of the affordable product within the private development sphere. They take their obligations and responsibilities to deliver affordable housing very seriously; so does the government.

In my view, there is a need to adjust some of the policy settings to get a more diverse range of housing product available at the affordable end. There are, of course, a range of other issues, including our capacity to increase the supply of housing, and I do note that we are towards the end of the financial year and will achieve our 5,000-dwelling target for new release this year. We will be able to go beyond that in 2011-12 with a target of 51/2 thousand new dwelling sites to be released. A supply-side solution is critical to achieving housing affordability in this city.

Energy—electricity prices

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Would the minister please advise the Assembly what would be the impact of the recently announced electricity price increase on ACT low income earners compared to their New South Wales neighbours?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. It is the case that the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission recently announced an increase in average electricity prices under the transitional franchise tariff arrangements.

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Mr Corbell, one moment, thank you.

Mrs Dunne: Could I seek your ruling as to whether Mr Corbell is responsible for electricity prices in New South Wales and whether the question is therefore out of order?

MR CORBELL: In comparison with the ACT.

MR SPEAKER: It is a fair question, Mrs Dunne. Dr Bourke, can you just give us the question again?

Dr Bourke: My question was: would the minister advise the Assembly what would be the impact of the recently announced electricity price increase on ACT low income earners compared to their New South Wales neighbours?

MR SPEAKER: The question is about the impact of price increases—ACT electricity increases.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! I have made my ruling.


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