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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1851 ..

The Commission is required to report to me by 30 September each year on the level of community contributions made by gaming machine licensees. I am required to table this report and I have no doubt that it will contain a full break up of contributions to women's sport.

It should be noted that the provisions in the Act relating to contributions to women's sport are subject to an expiry date of 30 June 2003.

The Ministerial Guidelines issued under section 60B of the Act were amended on 28 June 2002 to include information concerning women's sport. As a disallowable instrument the Guidelines are available on the ACT Legislation Register. I have enclosed a copy of the Guidelines relating to women's sport for your information.

As outlined in my answer to question (1), the Commission has not received any information for this financial year on the progress of community contributions for any categories including that of women's sport. I am therefore unable to comment on the distribution of community contributions until the Commission provides its report to me in September 2003.

[Guidelines available at:]

Consumer Law Centre

(Question No 673)

Mr Stefaniak

asked the Attorney General, upon notice, on 7 May 2003:

In relation to the Consumer Law Centre and further to Question on notice No 487:

How many requests for (a) assistance and (b) advice, did the Consumer Law Centre receive in the period 21 March 2003 to 30 April 2003;

How many of the 15 active case files open as at 20 March have been finalised, if none, why have they not been finalised;

What is the 'Utility Hardship Intervention Project' designed to look at and achieve;

What is the cost of employing a part time project officer for 12 weeks to oversee this project.

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

Requests for assistance are split into two categories information/advice and casework. In the period 21 March 2003 to 30 April 2003 the Consumer Law Centre opened 17 new case files. In addition, the Consumer Law Centre received approximately 90 requests for advice or information.

Since the Consumer law centre opened five case files have been closed. The remainder are not yet finalised.

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