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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . . Page.. 181..


agencies by 2009, given that the commission's report found in October 2010 that it still had not been met?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the supplementary. The government is working very hard on the development of a framework for carbon neutral ACT government operations. This is driven by the government's commitment to the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, which sets out the targets for greenhouse gas reduction for the territory as a whole. A draft carbon neutral ACT government framework is currently in consultation with all government directorates.

In response to comments on the draft framework from government directorates, more detail on the likely cost of achieving carbon neutrality by 2020 is currently under development. Also, that framework is allowing for further work to occur in relation to the overall cost to the government as a whole. This advice will be provided to the government as a whole to allow the carbon neutral framework to be finalised as soon as possible.

The key elements of the draft framework include focusing on directorate resource management, staff culture, buildings, the use of data centres, health services, schools and education, public lighting and events, transport provision, waste recovery and sustainable procurement. It is a comprehensive framework and work is well developed.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, can you advise whether any measures have been taken in response to the commissioner's recommendation that a whole-of-government approach to environmental resource use be urgently developed?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Hunter for the question. I simply draw Ms Hunter's attention to my previous answer. A draft carbon neutral ACT government framework is currently under development. It is being informed by the work undertaken by the commissioner and it deals with those areas which I have just mentioned. There is everything from resource management within directorates, staff culture, building management, data centre management, health services, schools and education, public lighting and events, sustainable transport, waste recovery and sustainable procurement. It is a comprehensive framework. It is under close and detailed development and I think the policy will be all the stronger for the very effective work currently being put in place by my directorate.

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs

Motion

MR HANSON (Molonglo), by leave: I move:

That, given Dr Bourke's repeated refusal to answer questions regarding his office's involvement in the Australia Day protest, that by the close of business


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