Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (19 May) . . Page.. 341 ..
MS CARNELL (continuing):
The commissioner estimates that the impact of the determination, which covers electricity, water and sewerage charges, is an annual increase of $19 per year for the average household. This is well under inflation expectations, representing a real decrease for electricity, water and sewerage charges of 1.1 per cent.
Members should note that in the report the commissioner has raised a number of issues to be addressed in the future which accord with the reforms being pursued as part of both the COAG-related reforms and national competition policy reforms. These are: Further ringfencing of ACTEW's related businesses from their non-related businesses; further reductions of cross-subsidies in electricity and water charges; and movement to a national standard for determining the value of assets used in the provision of regulated services, to enable a more cost-reflective and fairer approach to the process of price determination.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
AND COMMENCEMENT PROVISION
MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice and Community Safety and Minister Assisting the Treasurer): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present, pursuant to section 6 of the Subordinate Laws Act 1989, subordinate legislation in accordance with the schedule of gazettal notices circulated and a notice of commencement for the Environment Protection Regulations.
The schedule read as follows:
Agents Act - Determination of fees - No. 76 of 1998 (S117, dated 7 May 1998).
Electricity Act - Electricity Regulations (Amendment) - No. 1 of 1998 (S40, dated 16 January 1998).
Environment Protection Act -
Applications received under the Act for environmental authorisation - No. 77 of 1998 (S123, dated 8 May 1998).
Environment Protection Regulations - Notice of commencement (1 June 1998) of remaining regulations (S124, dated 8 May 1998).