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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 12 Hansard (22 November) . . Page.. 3815..


DR FOSKEY (continuing):

The target of 60 per cent reduction by 2050, which I have not heard anyone mention today in their congratulations about what we can do, was endorsed by the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change, a group that I am sure many would feel was a credible one. A great deal of scientific evidence suggests that this is not enough to avert the worst impacts of climate change. There will be a lag of decades before today's emissions will have their full impact, and we have to remember that carbon stays in the atmosphere for around 200 years.

Could we bear a world in which many of the animals, plants and landscapes we love have gone—most likely for ever? Yes, the news is bad, but we have to be optimistic. We have to take people on this journey with us, as the Chief Minister says in his foreword to the climate change discussion paper. We should be moving a motion or an amendment that would join us with New South Wales in setting mandatory renewable energy targets. Has Mr Mulcahy mentioned that? Has Mr Hargreaves?

Mrs Dunne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. These matters are in another item of business and Dr Foskey is anticipating that—

DR FOSKEY: New South Wales has got targets equivalent to the Kyoto targets—

MR SPEAKER: A point of order has been raised, Dr Foskey. It is—

DR FOSKEY: and we are going to be anomalous in our region because Queanbeyan—

Mrs Dunne: Dr Foskey, I raised a point of order.

DR FOSKEY: is part of New South Wales, which has increased—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Dr Foskey! A point of order has been raised. Dr Foskey is speaking to the amendment. I think there is a connection there, and I think she is entitled to make the contribution that she has been making.

At 6.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted and the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for the next sitting. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put.

Adjournment

Kulture Break

Academy Club

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (6.00): Mr Speaker, there is a regular event in my electorate of Brindabella that occurs in Tuggeranong about this time every year, and it is a Kulture Break conference. It occurred this year on 20 October at the Vikings auditorium at Erindale. Over the years Kulture Break have grown. Last year it was at the basketball stadium; this year it has moved up-market and they went to the auditorium, and I thank the Vikings for their support of the function.


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