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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 5 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1309 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

advertisements had no rating, but there are also real estate agents that are particularly poor about including ratings. Could you therefore tell us what you are doing to make sure that real estate advertisements comply with this legislation?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I thank the member for her question. It is a very important question as to compliance with laws passed by this place. We also have been analysing the number of advertisements that have not had the efficiency rating attached and have found, like Ms Tucker, that a large number of the private sales have not taken the opportunity yet to get the efficiency rating done. We have contacted those people and alerted them to their responsibility to get it done. At PALM we are still continuing to process applications for plans. We are doing that as speedily as we can and we will continue to monitor the situation.

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question. We have also some reports that energy rating assessors are being quite sloppy in how they prepare their energy ratings. Are you aware of this problem? What are you doing to ensure that the energy raters do their job properly?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I am not aware of any claims that assessors are not doing their job properly. We do have an audit process that will look at the assessors and the assessments they issue to make sure that they are being done properly. If the member has any examples that she would like to bring to my attention, we would certainly investigate them.

Australian Federal Police - Timor

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Attorney-General and relates to the possibility of Australian Federal Police officers being made available for policing duties in Timor. Has the Attorney-General had discussions with the AFP regarding the replacement of trained and skilled officers to ensure a continuity of expertise available to the people of the ACT?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I have not had any discussions with the AFP about the matter, although I have spoken to a number of officers who have expressed an interest in applying for those positions. I would expect - this issue has not been raised with us - the position to be the same for this contingent as it has been for other overseas contingents, that is, that any deployment of officers from the AFP would come at the expense of national operations or regional operations other than the ACT. I would certainly expect that, if an officer were taken from the ACT, he or she would be theoretically replaced, given the requirement for a certain number of police to be provided to the ACT, by somebody else from the AFP, such that the ACT was not, in effect, bearing the burden of sending this contingent overseas.

Mr Speaker, it may be that in due course the Government will be asked to shoulder part of the burden of some of these international exercises. I do not rule out the possibility of our agreeing to do so. But we have not been asked to do so yet. I do not think that we

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