Page 6087 - Week 14 - Thursday, 9 December 2010

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MR CORBELL: The three per cent figure relates to the projected electricity bills at this point in time. The point that I was making, and I think Mr Seselja misinterprets my comments, was that the total impact is three per cent of the total electricity bill, reflecting the fact, of course, that we have seen significant price rises in New South Wales and a lesser degree of price rises here in the ACT. The point I was simply making was that electricity bills are expected to increase over the next 10 to 20 years, and, whilst difficult to predict, there will be increases. Yet the impact of the feed-in tariff legislation is a capped impact. It does not increase and it certainly will not increase at the same rate that electricity bills are expected to increase at if you look at the trends over the long term.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. If this $7,000 figure is not correct, what estimate have you made for electricity price rises over the next decade?

MR CORBELL: It is very difficult to make estimates in terms of price rises over the next decade, but I would be happy to seek further advice from the ICRC and provide that to the member.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Will the minister confirm that electricity prices have increased by 75 per cent over the last 10 years and that, if that occurred again over the next decade, then the feed-in tariff would represent about eight per cent of the total bill?

MR CORBELL: I will have to take that question on notice. I do not have detail of price increases over the last decade. Of course, all price increases in the ACT are regulated through the ICRC and the Australian Energy Regulator. And I stand by the advice I have given to members of the Assembly previously that we do not expect the contribution of the feed-in tariff to electricity bills to be any more than the three per cent figure I have previously advised.

Youth and family services—program

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People and is about the new youth and family services framework. Minister, why has the funding pool for peak activities in the new youth and family services program been combined into a single funding pool?

MS BURCH: The youth and family services programs, including the peak bodies, are forming part of an integrated program of delivery. That has been in part of the discussion. It certainly has been formed from input from the submissions. Both peak bodies and both sectors have been informed that integration across the services, including the peaks, is, indeed, a matter of outcome of this.

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