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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5338..

Housing-legal proceedings

(Question No 1157)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to the attendance of Housing ACT staff at tribunal and other legal proceedings:

(1) What is the breakdown showing the attendance of Housing ACT staff at legal proceedings (where applicable provide an estimate or average figure, so far as records maintained allow) for the periods 1 July 2003 to date, 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2003, 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2002 and 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001 in relation to:

(a) Staff (distinguish between the employment classification of relevant affected employee);

(b) Tribunal (distinguish in all responses between attendances at the tribunal and other locations (eg Local Court, other courts or administrative bodies));

(c) Nature of proceedings (provide a breakdown of the types of cases in which officers are directly involved);

(2) In the event that the requirement of Housing ACT officers and staff to be available to appear in legal proceedings concerning a range of issues arising from the ACT public housing system has become an increasing time burden on such employees and their performance of their other work responsibilities, what measures, if any, are being taken to help alleviate this growing problem.

Mr Wood

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

1. I am unable to answer this question as it involves a considerable amount of work which would be an unreasonable diversion of the resources of the Department.

2. In July 2001, Housing ACT employed a legal advisor and in September 2002 created a specialist legal unit. These positions have carriage of legal proceedings and appear on behalf of Housing ACT when required. For this reason the burden on Housing Managers is not growing.

Actew Corporation Ltd

(Question No 1160)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to the ACTEW Corporation Limited 2002-2003 Annual Report (Supplementary Report to Government), page 3. Will the ACT Government be compensating ACTEW Corporation Limited, financially or otherwise, for the forecast loss in revenue during 2003-2004 of $12 million due to the introduction of Stage 3 water restrictions brought in during October 2003

Mr Quinlan:

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

(1) No.

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