Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1491 ..
(Question No 144)
Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 10 April 2002:
In relation to the gas line breakage on 26 March in the Melbourne Building and your advice (letter 25 March) of penalties for disruption of electricity supply by third parties:
(1) How many prosecutions were launched against such offenders in the calendar years (a) 2000 (b) 2001.
(2) How many were successful in each year above and how many are still ongoing.
(3) How much in (a) fines and (b) compensation was determined in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
(4) Was compensation paid by the Government or ActewAGL for any of these service disruptions and if so, how much was paid in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001.
Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) I am advised that no prosecutions were initiated in 2001 under the Utilities Act 2000 in relation to the disruption of utility services by third parties. This was also the case in 2000, prior to the introduction of the Utilities Act 2000, when these matters were covered under the Energy and Water Act 1988 and the Gas Supply Act 2000.
(2) Not applicable, see (1) above.
(3) Not applicable, see (1) above.
(4) No compensation has been paid by the Government or ActewAGL for the disruption of utility services by third parties.