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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 6058..

The government's scheme for renewable energy generation has been warmly received by Canberrans. There is broad community support for the government's policies, which will make the ACT a sustainable community and guide our transformation to a cleaner, low emission future and help us become Australia's solar capital.

This bill is another step on that path. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja) adjourned to the next sitting.

Assembly sittings 2011

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.47): I move:

That, unless the Speaker fixes an alternative day or hour of meeting on receipt of a request in writing from an absolute majority of Members, or the Assembly otherwise orders, the Assembly shall meet as follows for 2011:

February 15 16 17 March 8 9 10 29 30 31 April 5 6 7 May 3 4 5 June 21 22 23 28 29 30 August 16 17 18 23 24 25 September 20 21 22 October 18 19 20 25 26 27 November 15 16 17 December 6 7 8

The sitting pattern was circulated to all members in advance of these December sittings. The sitting pattern takes account of the various commitments the Assembly has to accommodate during its sitting pattern for the year. These include provision for an extended period of non-sittings to allow for budget estimates hearings. It also avoids clashes with school holidays and, finally, it accommodates other commitments that ministers particularly have in attending intergovernmental meetings.

I thank members for their feedback in relation to the calendar. In particular, I thank Ms Bresnan for her advice on behalf of the Greens in relation to the number of sitting weeks they felt was appropriate for the year. I am pleased the government has been able to accommodate that request. The government therefore proposes 14 sitting weeks for the coming calendar year. Fourteen sitting weeks has been the consistent sitting pattern now for the last three to four years, and we believe it is an adequate period to allow the Assembly to conduct its business and for the government to introduce and pursue its legislative program. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

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