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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 1793 ..

(5) Arrears as at 23 December 2001 - $799,476 owed in respect of 2128 tenancies.

Arrears as at 25 May 2002 - $721,251 owed in respect of 1864 tenancies.

(6) The information for 2001 is not readily available. Currently, there are no tenants facing eviction for other reasons.

Reasons include excessive noise, property damage, refusal to allow justifiable property inspections, abandonment of property and illegal subletting.


Gas and electricity-retail competition

(Question No 162)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 14 May 2002:

In relation to the introduction of full retail competition for (a) gas and (b) electricity in the ACT:

(1) Has the full retail competition for both consumables been introduced for ACT customers in January 2002 as planned; if not, why not.

(2) What percentage of each market has been taken up by suppliers other than ActewAGL in the ACT.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) Full retail competition for gas commenced in the ACT in January 2002.

(b) Full Retail Competition has not yet been introduced for all electricity customers in the ACT. Customers who consume 100MWh per annum or more can use a retailer of their own choice. Customers consuming less than 100MWh per annum cannot choose their own retailer at present.

In December 2001 the Government requested the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to report on the likely impact of full retail competition on residential customers and those small businesses that are not currently exposed to the market. The draft report on the Inquiry released by the ICRC on 17 May 2002 provides the basis for an extensive public consultation phase to be undertaken over the coming weeks. At this stage the final report of the inquiry is not expected to be released before the week beginning 17 June 2002 at the earliest.

The Government will make a decision regarding the extension of choice of electricity retailer to smaller customers in the ACT following receipt of the ICRC final report.

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