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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3565..


assist owners of units and apartments to increase the energy efficiency of their dwellings. This came up; we do have legislation in place for greenhouse gas reduction targets. It was in light of trying to meet those targets and about how we can assist not only those in stand-alone homes but also those in unit complexes and apartments to be able to achieve greater energy efficiency.

There was a recommendation that I know Mr Seselja was very keen on. Certainly we should be collecting data around the plastic shopping bag ban, in terms of environmental outcomes. We asked that there be a report to the Assembly on how that was going. It is important that we continue to strive to reduce the amount of waste that we are putting to landfill. That also goes to an issue of consumption. Certainly we need to be focusing, wherever and whenever possible, on being able to reuse, recycle and see how we can manage to keep things out of landfill. That one was about plastic bags, the impact of the plastic bag ban and what it was doing with respect to reducing rubbish going to landfill here in the territory.

There were 11 recommendations overall. I would like to thank the minister and also departmental officials for appearing before the committee and answering questions, as well as a number of questions on notice. I commend this report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Report 30

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (11.03): I present the following report:

Public Accounts—Standing Committee—Report 30—Report on Committee Activity—Seventh Assembly, dated 13 August 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This report, as it is entitled, is a summary of the work of PAC over this Assembly. In presenting this what I need to do most is to pay tribute, as has been done before, to our very able secretary, Dr Andrea Cullen. Without her efforts there is no possibility that we could have done our work as well as we have done. I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow committee members, Mr Hargreaves and Mr Smyth, and previously Ms Burch. I pay tribute also to our informal editorial committee, which has been so useful in terms of improving the quality of our reports. I very much hope that the public accounts committee in the next Assembly will be able to take a look at this report and find out the sorts of ways that public accounts committees can work.

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


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