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MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (2.00): Madam Speaker, Minister Steel is absent from question time today in order to attend a ministerial council meeting. I will endeavour to assist members in Minister’s Steel’s portfolios.
Questions without notice
Rental properties—minimum energy standards
MS LEE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney-General, yesterday in question time, when I asked you whether any economic analysis had been done on the effect of rental reforms on the market, you referenced the regulation impact statement in relation to the energy efficiency standards. On page 53, that document says:
The full extent of the impacts on the rental market is beyond the scope of this report.
It goes on to say on page 54:
More research would be required to properly analyse and predict impacts on the ACT’s rental market.
With respect to this advice, did you or your directorate undertake any detailed economic analysis of the effect that energy standards would have on the rental market? If so, will you table it for the Assembly?
MR RATTENBURY: The observation I made to Ms Lee yesterday was that a range of economic had been work done. She has obviously gone off and read that document. It speaks particularly to the elements on which I gave commentary yesterday, on our expectations of the economic impact, and in response to Mr Parton’s question in particular. I indicated that we expect a range of impacts, and that is the advice that the government has.
MS LEE: Minister, did you or your directorate undertake any economic analysis of the effect of the overall reform policy changes and what impact they would have on the rental market? If so, will you table it in the Assembly?
MR RATTENBURY: I will check the details of what work we do have available, and I will provide that on notice to Ms Lee.
MR PARTON: Minister, regarding energy efficiency standards, did you give any consideration to rental providers’ feedback that they would pass costs through to tenants or take their properties, as was advised by Mr Davis this morning, out of the rental market?
MR RATTENBURY: We have, of course, considered those factors.
Opposition members interjecting—