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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 653..


Mr Wood

(continuing):

Tobacco Act - Tobacco Act (Fees) - Determination 2003 (No 1) - Disallowable Instrument DI2003-10 (LR, 13 February 2003).

Utilities Act -

Utilities (Repeal of Disallowable Instrument) 2003 (No 1) - Disallowable Instrument DI2003-15 (LR, 17 February 2003).

Utilities (Non-franchise electricity customers) Declaration 2003 (No 1) - Disallowable Instrument DI2003-20 (LR, 28 February 2003).

Water and Sewerage Act - Water and Sewerage (Fees) (Bushfire Emergency) Determination 2003 - Disallowable Instrument DI2003-16 (LR, 14 February 2003).

Questions without notice

Ambulance dispatch system

MR WOOD: On Tuesday Mrs Dunne asked me a question about an ambulance dispatch system. I deferred the question as I was unaware of anything specific to ambulances. However, I well know the position of the proposed computer-aided dispatch system, CADS, as one of my first task as minister for emergency services was to secure funding for CADS. CADS covers all emergency services-not just ambulance but urban fire brigade, bushfire brigade and emergency services.

The tender evaluation process has now been completed, and the authorised delegate has approved the evaluation committee's recommendation for the preferred tenderer, Fujitsu Australia. Contract negotiations are currently in progress with Fujitsu. We expect a contract to be formalised in late March or early April. We hope that the new CADS will be operational in September or October 2003.

I was asked whether this system would be compatible with, and directly connected to, the police system. Mr Smyth will be interested to know that it will not be. There will be no direct contact between the ESB system and the police. There are processes in place for communication between them, but it will not be direct. There is a further issue-the proposed upgrade to radio communication systems in the ESB.

ActewAGL-greenhouse gas information

MR QUINLAN: I took on notice a question from Ms Dundas yesterday regarding the progress being made to put greenhouse gas emissions information on electricity bills. The answer to the member's question is as follows.

In June of last year I wrote to ActewAGL requesting that greenhouse gas emission information be included on customer electricity bills. I am advised that ActewAGL has been working with the ICRC to have these arrangements put in place. The ICRC has advised that greenhouse gas reporting requirements will become mandatory on electricity consumer bills when the updated version of the Utilities Act 2000 customer protection code comes into effect.

This mandatory requirement will come into effect no later than 30 June 2003. This will require not only ActewAGL but also any other licensed electricity retailer to provide


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