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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 4050 ..

Public housing tenants

(Question No 321)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 12 November 2002:

(1) What penalties apply to ACT Housing tenants in receipt of rental rebate who take in relatives, friends, boarders, in full-time employment.

(2) How many prosecutions have been undertaken for breaches of (1) above in 2001-02 and 2002 to 1 October 2002.

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

(1) There is no penalty imposed on a tenant receiving a rental rebate who takes in relatives, friends, or boarders for a prolonged period provided they notify ACT Housing of the names of the persons concerned and supply proof of their income. The income the new resident/s is receiving is added to the tenant's household income to determine if they continue to be entitled to a rental rebate. If a tenant does not notify ACT Housing in this circumstance their rebate entitlement will be reassessed and backdated to the date the residents took up occupancy. In very serious cases ACT Housing may consider charging the tenant with fraud.

(2) Nil.

Electricity-full retail competition

(Question No 322)

Mr Cornwell asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 12 November 2002:

Concerning the Full Retail Competition (FRC) for electricity in the ACT:

(1) How much money will the ACT Government receive under the National Competition Policy for adopting FRC.

(2) Approximately how much more will monthly ACT domestic customers pay for their electricity under FRC.

(3) What are the financial advantages to ACT domestic customers - as opposed to the ACT Government - under FRC.

(4) Will there be quantifiable net benefit to ACT domestic customers under FRC in the long term and if so, when is this estimated to occur.

(5) What are the systems and processes that need to be improved to deal with the new market structure (The Canberra Times of 11 October) that will offset price reductions in the short term.

(6) How long is this short term at (5) and approximately how much money is involved.

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