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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 19 August 2010) . . Page.. 3743 ..

Housing ACT—hot water and heating systems(Question No 1015)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 1 July 2010:

(1) Why are solar hot water services not used routinely as a first preference when installing new hot water systems into Housing ACT houses.

(2) Why does the Government supply electric space heating rather than gas and what proportion of houses have (a) gas and (b) electric heating installed.

Ms Burch: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The upfront capital cost for gas units is considerably lower than solar systems and therefore where gas is already connected, Housing ACT installs highly efficient gas hot water systems as the first option.

Where gas is not connected, an electric boost solar hot water system or an energy efficient heat pump system is installed.

(2) Housing ACT estimates that approximately 2,000 (approximately 17%) of public housing dwellings have gas connected. Connecting gas to an existing dwelling incurs a charge for connection and a second ongoing supply charge that is payable by the tenant. (a) Housing ACT does not have complete data on this (b) see answer to (a)

Finance—forecasts(Question No 1017)

Mr Seselja asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 July 2010:

(1) Does Treasury undertake any forcasting or modeling of Average Weekly Ordinary Time Earnings (AWOTE).

(2) Does Treasury use AWOTE in any of its forecasting or modeling; if so, (a) in which forecasts is it used and (b) how is it used.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. No.

2. No.

Finance—departmental expenditure(Question No 1021)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 1 July 2010:

What was the total expenditure every month from July 2005 to June 2010 inclusive, for (a) recurrent and (b) capital expenditure for each department and agency in the Minister’s portfolio.

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