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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 1951..

Mrs Burke: You know I don't do that.

MS GALLAGHER: Mrs Burke, you do that time after time.

Mrs Burke: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: that is an imputation. I have never, ever said anything disgraceful like that.

Mr Stanhope: What a load of rubbish! That's misleading the Assembly! Withdraw it.

MR SPEAKER: That is not an imputation. Resume your seat.

DR FOSKEY: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Mr Stanhope said that Mrs Burke was misleading the Assembly, and he should withdraw that remark.

MR SPEAKER: I did not hear it, but withdraw it if you said that.

Mr Stanhope: I will withdraw it. It is clearly misleading, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Just withdraw it unequivocally.

Mr Stanhope: I withdraw it.

Greenhouse gas abatement scheme

DR FOSKEY: My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change and relates to the greenhouse gas abatement scheme. On Tuesday the Chief Minister stated that he thought the greenhouse gas abatement scheme was the "greatest contribution we make to the fight against global warming". I am aware that this scheme is a key part of the government's climate change strategy.

This scheme had targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions per head from 2005 to 2007. However, the benchmarks are now set at a flat rate per head until 2012. Modelling has shown that to truly achieve emissions five per cent below 1990 levels, the benchmark should drop annually from its current 7.27 until it reaches 5.85 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per head.

Given that the government is aiming for a population of 500,000 by 2030, is the minister aware that, despite strict compliance with this scheme, the net effect is that greenhouse gas emissions from the ACT can continue to rise overall?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Dr Foskey for the question. In the context of the technical detail, Dr Foskey, I will have to take the question on notice.

DR FOSKEY: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. I understand that the Chief Minister is committed to a national emissions trading scheme by 2010.

MR SPEAKER: Come back to the supplementary question, please.

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