Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4513 ..
(4) The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) examined the potential benefits of Full Retail Contestability for Electricity in July 2002. The Commission concluded that a long-term benefit of competition could be a downward pressure on retail prices.
The ICRC Report also discussed the potential for improved quality of services and product innovation.
With no new electricity retailers having yet entered the residential market the degree of competition is, at present, limited. However, anticipated competition has begun to show results. ActewAGL now offers rebates to customers who group their energy and internet access services. Further innovations are expected as new market participants finalise their ACT market offerings.
Department of Justice and Community Safety-accommodation
(Question No 1019)
Mr Cornwell asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 21 October 2003:
(1) Is it a fact that the Department of Justice and Community Safety proposed to move from GIO House to accommodation in Moore Street;
(2) Will this move now not take place and have taxpayer funds been wasted as a result;
(3) If the reply to (2) is affirmative, how much money has been lost and how did the arrangement fail.
Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:
(1) The Department of Justice and Community Safety is moving from GIO House to accommodation in 12 and 14 Moore Street on expiry of its current lease, following an approach to the local property market during 2002 and planning and construction of fit out at the new premises over recent months.
(2) The move is scheduled to take place during December 2003 and January 2004, and prior to the expiry of the current lease at GIO House, which occurs at the end of January 2004.
(3) Not applicable.
Heritage tourist tramway
(Question No 1020)
Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, upon notice, on 21 October 2003.