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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 700 ..

(7) The average waiting time depends on the tenant's priority (currently 153 days for standard allocation or 81 days for early allocation). Tenants might be in accommodation that is less than their entitlement because they accepted such housing because of a critical need and with an intention to transfer, or their circumstances might have changed since their tenancy began.

(8) The Government has implemented several measures for reducing waiting list times. Average turnaround times on vacated properties have been reduced from 49 days for the year 2000/01 down to 31 days for the six months July-December 2002. Newer properties have been purchased in areas where people want to live. Most importantly, unlike the previous government with its policy of reducing the number of public housing properties, this Government is increasing its stock. If the bushfires had not occurred our projected stock holdings at 30 June 2003 would have been 46 properties more than when this Government took over office in December 2001.

Legislative Assembly-member entitlements

(Question No 392)

Mr Cornwell asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 20 February 2003:

Further to your reply to Question on Notice 343 in relation to the ACT Remuneration Tribunal Determination No 108 that elected Assembly non-Executive Members are entitled to a vehicle equivalent to "a Zone 2 Executive in the ACT Public Service"(recommended retail price $43,731) and that Zone 2 Executives have three salary levels namely: (a) Level 2.4 - $125,633; (b) Level 2.5 - $135,173; (c) Level 2.6 - $157,780:

(1) What basic salary does a non-Executive Member of the Assembly earn per annum;

(2) What superannuation amount would a Zone 2 Executive be entitled to at a, b and c above, after (a) 3, (b) 6, (c) 9, (d) 12, and (e) 15 years of service;

(3) What equivalent superannuation amount would an elected non-Executive Member of the Assembly be entitled to after (a) 3, (b) 6, (c) 9, (d) 12, and (e) 15 years of service.

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

(1) An elected non-Executive Member of the Legislative Assembly currently receives a basic salary of $81,750 pa, as set by the ACT Remuneration Tribunal in Determination 102.

(2) There are various factors impacting on the superannuation amount for Zone 2 Executives. If the Executive is a member of the Commonwealth Superannuation Scheme (CSS) or Public Sector Superannuation Scheme (PSS), or has a deferred benefit in one of these schemes, the employer contributions must go to that scheme. In other cases. the Executive may choose to direct contributions to the PSS or any other fund, provided that the fund complies with all relevant superannuation requirements of taxation legislation.

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