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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (23 June) . . Page.. 2529..


MS DUNDAS (continuing):

to speak for all crossbenchers-and the opposition are ready to debate this issue. We want to hear the arguments but we want to debate them, not delay them.

MS TUCKER (4.51): I support Mrs Dunne's amendment for the debate to be adjourned to a later time this day. I also have some concerns and I want the opportunity to obtain further advice. Hopefully, we will be given access to the officers of the department. At the end of the day, if we are not happy, we can still adjourn it until next week. Obviously we will be sitting after dinner, so we will have further opportunities to listen to the people from the department, if they are made available to us to talk about these issues.

If there are real concerns with this amendment-the amended amendment of the amendment of the bill-then we would not go with that. We take these responsibilities seriously. I support this amendment and I think we can at least leave it open to try to deal with it today. If we cannot and we are not happy, then we can adjourn it until the next sitting week.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Greenhouse gas reduction

MS TUCKER (4.53): I move the motion circulated in my name regarding the greenhouse strategy.

That this Assembly calls on the Government to:

(1) reaffirm the Territory's commitment to meeting the Greenhouse Gas Reduction target of reducing net greenhouse emissions to 1990 levels by 2008, and reducing them by 20% by 2018; and to this end;

(2) commit to:

(a) introduce Greenhouse Benchmarks as a Retail Licence Condition for electricity retailers, in line with NSW;

(b) introduce a no-interest, low-interest or CPI-interest only loan scheme to facilitate house owners increasing the energy efficiency of their properties, and installing solar water heating, with particular attention to landlords;

(c) introduce an energy efficiency and water use rating system for commercial buildings, drawing on the best available Australian models;

(d) develop a program to retrofit current public housing to four star energy ratings in the short term, aiming for five stars in the medium term;

(e) introduce annual targets specifically for greenhouse emissions from transport in the ACT; and

(f) establish an additional dedicated position within Environment ACT (or other appropriate agency) to drive implementation of government targets and timelines for government agency reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.


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