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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1834 ..

Abbeyfield Disability ACT

(Question No 631)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

Further to your letter of 5 September 2002 to me that you had requested your department to examine the feasibility of a proposal by Abbeyfield Society disAbility ACT for a co-operative housing arrangement for young people with disabilities:

Could you please advise action to date on the proposal.

If there has been no action, why not.

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

As part of the 2002/3 Community Housing Funding process, a proposal for a cooperative housing arrangement for people with disabilities was submitted by Community Housing Canberra in conjunction with Abbeyfield Disability ACT. The proposal was considered and approved for funding and an amount of $1.1 million will be provided for a 10 room dwelling for people with a disability.

See above.

ACTEW-electricity charges

(Question No 632)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

In relation to the article 'Power to the People' (Weekend Australian, Business News,

26 April 2003):

Why have ACT residential electricity prices shown a rise of +22.7 per cent over 1996-2003 compared with +3.5 (Queensland), +8.8 (South Australia), +2.0 (Northern Territory) and falls in all other States.

Because ACT electricity charges in the same period have fallen for small business (-17.5) and large business (-9.7), are ACT residents subsidising these sectors and if so, how long will this continue and will residential rates continue to rise.

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

The table in the Weekend Australian, compiled from information provided by Electricity Supply Association of Australia (ESAA), does not represent the consumption of an average ACT electricity consumer of 7,500 kWh per annum.

ESAA reports Electricity Tariffs in Australia July 1996 (Table 1.1) and Electricity Tariffs in Australia 2002/2003 (Table 1.1.1) state that prices for residential consumers based upon a consumption of 7,500 kWh in the ACT have grown only 3.3% in real terms

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