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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3990..

use the ActewAGL e-business system via the internet can see their usage and payment history and make payments on a regular basis. Another option is direct debit with the customer specifying the amount and timing of deductions. As an additional benefit, ACTEW has advised that a customer choosing direct debit is entitled a discount on electricity and water accounts, saving the customer about $40 per year depending on individuals' circumstances. I understand that ActewAGL has an active campaign of informing clients of all available payment options.

Motor vehicles-stolen number plates

(Question No 1718)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 2 August 2004:

(1) Further to Question on notice No 1644 regarding statistics for stolen number plates from registered vehicles in the A.C.T., why is it that the Government cannot provide information on how many number plates were stolen from registered vehicles during 2003-04 when such information was previously provided in the answer to Question on notice No 876 for the years 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03.

Mr Wood

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

(1) The figures provided for stolen number plates in previous years were obtained from the Road Transport Authority's TRIPs computer system. This system was replaced in June 2003 with the rego.act system, which was not programmed to report this function. A system enhancement has been raised to rectify this matter.

Crime-racial attacks

(Question No 1719)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 2 August 2004:

How many (a) racial attacks on people or (b) incidents involving racial-related violence have been reported to the police in (i) 2001, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2003 and (iv) 2004 to date.

Mr Wood

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

Given the design of the ACT Policing database, it would be too resource intensive and time consuming to provide the statistical data requested by the member. The ACT Policing database does not have a separate data field to record racially related violent incidents. To identify whether an incident was racially motivated would require an individual analysis of each record to ascertain whether the case officer recorded the incident as being racially motivated in the narrative.

Prisons and prisoners

(Question No 1727)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 4 August 2004:

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