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the ACT government over 20 months, starting no later than three months from the date of the loan. The bond loan is paid directly from the ACT government to the office of rental bonds and the balance of the bond must be paid by the tenant to the lessor. People who qualify for a bond also receive a grant of $100 to assist them to sustain their tenancy.

From the tenant’s perspective, the tenant will be required to pay back the loan to the government in full but without interest and in a way which is affordable. From the lessor’s perspective, if the tenant has failed to perform the tenant’s obligations under the tenancy, the lessor can claim on the bond in the same way that the lessor would have if the tenant had paid the bond in full. This applies whether or not the loan has been fully paid back to the government. The ACT government is in the process of improving its public awareness strategy around the rental bond loan scheme to address its low uptake and accessibility for eligible applicants, including the online lodgement of applications. I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Parton) adjourned to the next sitting.

Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill 2017

Mr Rattenbury, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (10.50): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

In 2012 the ACT government embarked on a bold strategy to lead the nation in renewable electricity and greenhouse gas emission reduction. In that year the government began the first of its highly successful reverse auctions of feed-in tariff entitlements. The auctions went on to provide 20-year income certainty to three solar farms and five wind farms that will collectively provide around three-quarters of the renewable electricity the territory needs to achieve its 100 per cent by 2020 renewable electricity target. This will drive nearly all of the emission reductions needed for the ACT to reach its 40 per cent by 2020 greenhouse gas reduction target.

The act that the auctions were conducted under, the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011, was passed by the Assembly in December 2011. It needs updating with respect to the possible surrender of feed-in tariff entitlements and government oversight of the expenses that are passed through by the ACT electricity distributor to the territory’s electricity consumers for the cost of the large feed-in tariff support payments that it administers.

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