Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 10 Hansard (25 August) . . Page.. 3596..
Mr Corbell (continuing):
Public Place Names Act—Public Place Names (City) Determination 2009 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-183 (LR, 6 August 2009).
Public Sector Management Act—Public Sector Management Amendment Standards 2009 (No 7)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-185 (LR, 7 August 2009).
Water and Sewerage Act—Water and Sewerage (Fees) Determination 2009 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2009-181 (LR, 31 July 2009).
Energy efficient hot-water systems
Statement by minister
MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation): In the change of speakers, I missed the call straight after question time to provide additional information on a question I took on notice. I seek leave of the Assembly to provide information on questions I took on notice from Ms Hunter, Ms Bresnan and Ms Le Couteur last Thursday.
MR BARR: Last Thursday in question time I was asked a number of questions by the Greens party members about differences between the nationally agreed approach to reduce greenhouse emissions from hot-water heating and the Greens party's own Water and Sewerage (Energy Efficient Hot-Water Systems) Legislation Amendment Bill 2009. I undertook to respond to those questions and also undertook to provide some further written detail in response to some further specific questions from Ms Le Couteur and Ms Hunter. The several Greens party questions are closely related; so with the Assembly's indulgence, I would like to answer them cognately, noting that this may take me a few minutes.
What the nationally agreed approach, the Greens' bill and the Liberal Party's amendments to the Greens' bill all share is a proposal to phase out conventional electric hot-water heaters in some way. The differences, though, are not only about the timing of introduction but also about different specific exceptions. In explaining those exceptions, I refer to class 1 buildings—in essence, houses and townhouses—and class 2 buildings, which are in essence flats and apartments.
Firstly, what is proposed for new class 1 buildings? The national commitment will phase out conventional electric storage hot-water heaters for all new class 1 buildings by mid-2010. The Greens' bill, as unamended, will phase out conventional electric storage hot-water heaters for all new class 1 buildings from 1 October 2009. That is basically the same commitment with a commencement date a few months earlier.
Secondly, in relation to existing class 1 buildings, the national commitment will start the phase-out of conventional electric storage hot-water heaters for all existing class 1 buildings by mid-2010 with all remaining areas to be covered by mid-2012. The phase-out begins with areas with access to mains gas. The Greens party bill proposes to commence a phase-out of conventional electric storage hot-water heaters for all