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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 May 2011) . . Page.. 1809 ..


retrofit dwellings and conduct upgrades to heating and hot-water systems with the long-term aim of, as I said, bringing all Housing ACT properties up to a minimum energy efficiency rating of three stars.

In addition to that, the outreach program that I mentioned in my answer to the previous question will also be used to supplement those measures in a number of public housing properties. That will see supplementations, such as solar hot water or indeed a range of other measures, to improve energy efficiency.

Once again, those opposite are not interested. They talk about the cost of living, they talk about how concerned they are about the impact on battling families, but when you actually put a comprehensive program on the table that assists 25,000 households across the ACT, they are just not interested. They are not serious, they are not credible and they just do not care about serious policy measures to address these issues. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. What will be the net effect on low income earners of the latest support packages versus the slug that you are putting on them just as a result of your feed-in tariff?

MR CORBELL: The feed-in tariff measures are already factored into existing electricity prices. They have already been passed through by the regulator. They are already built into the prices that people are currently paying. What the government is now doing is reducing a whole range of impacts through these utility concession measures. What we are doing is bringing those down—

Mr Seselja: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR CORBELL: and providing assistance in the order of $150 worth of additional support.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Corbell!

Mr Seselja: It goes to relevance. The question was very specific. It was about the feed-in tariff impact versus the impact of the latest concessions. It is a very simple question. He seems to be refusing to answer. I ask you to direct him to be directly relevant to the question.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, the question was really around public housing.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja’s point of order is upheld in the sense that I assume the minister is coming to his answer.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I have answered the question. There is no additional price impact from the feed-in tariff; that has already been announced.

Mr Seselja: No.


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