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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 9 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4053..


MR CORBELL: The government has commissioned a series of reports already to inform our thinking on this issue. I would draw members' attention to the Kinesis report, which has been made public, and which outlines clearly that it is technically feasible to achieve this target. About half of the reduction, around 25 per cent, can be achieved through energy efficiency measures, broader deployment of solar hot water, broader take-up of green power, broader take-up of renewable energy through feed-in tariff measures, and broader deployment of sustainable transport measures—combined, around 25 per cent through those measures. There is potential for a further 10 per cent through measures such as adoption of trigeneration technologies and through energy from waste technologies. So we know clearly where the broad opportunities are to achieve this reduction.

What the government will now do is that, having set the framework, having set the targets that we want to try and achieve, we will set out, in action plan 2, the specific policies and programs that we will now use to work towards that. We will do detailed costings on each and every one of those policy and program measures and then we will start to roll out action plan 2. So the government has a clear framework for moving forward. We have a strong commitment to an evidence-based policy setting when it comes to targets, and we now have the opportunity and the analysis to demonstrate how this can be achieved on the ground.

Childcare—kinship carer support program

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a question without notice.

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the minister for children and young people. Minister, the request for tender for the kinship carer support program 2010-13 included a category related to "service targeted to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people". Minister, what advice was sought from the Indigenous community on the development of the requirement of the tender for the Indigenous component of the kinship carer tender and from whom was it sought? If none was sought, why?

MS BURCH: Thank you. There is a theme here that they seem to not be happy that Marymead has won a component of our tender. I say, what is wrong with Marymead winning a bit of the tender? There is a component for support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and rightly so. It needs families of the culture. We are more than prepared—in fact, we are proactive in our support—to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families who are experiencing an out-of-home-care arrangement. We have a unit within the department that looks at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander placements. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander placements are vetted through and discussed through that unit, to make sure the child has its best placement. Through all placements our concern is the child's best interest. Now those opposite—

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a point of order, Mr Doszpot?

Mr Doszpot: Yes. My question was: "Who was it sought from?"


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