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be more, the benefit across the year may be greater where an annual limit applies. For example, the subsidy per fare in the Northern Territory is not capped, however, the annual cap varies from $210 to $1,785, depending on the person’s category of membership.

Maximum number vouchers per year/subsidy cap

• NSW, Qld, Tasmania and WA have no cap on the maximum subsidy per year. Victoria has no cap for wheelchair users or members who are legally blind, or have severe/permanent disability, dementia or intellectual disability.

• Northern Territory has a maximum subsidy of between $210 and $1785 per annum, depending on a person’s category of membership.

• SA has a maximum allocation of 160 vouchers and between $3,200 and $4,800 per year, depending on whether the member uses a wheelchair.

• The ACT has a potential cap of 126 normal vouchers per year, which equates to a maximum of between $2,142 and $4,772 (depending on the level of membership). This does not include additional vouchers allocated for specific purposes.

• DHCS is currently examining the ACT TSS policy and will consider the issues that have been raised by the disability sector in relation to increasing the subsidy levels.

Unparliamentary language

Statement by Speaker

MR SPEAKER: Yesterday at the conclusion of the morning session, Mr Smyth asked me whether I would consider reviewing Hansard as he believed there may have been comments made that may have been unparliamentary.

I have reviewed Hansard and, whilst it is fair to say that there was a robust debate yesterday on a number of issues, I do not consider any of the words used were unparliamentary.

Water and Sewerage (Energy Efficient Hot-Water Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill 2009

Ms Le Couteur, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (10.02): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Members will recall that in April this year I introduced the Building (Energy Efficient Hot Water Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill, which took the much-needed step

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