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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4302..


Environment—climate change

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, last week you released the results of a survey on the views of ACT residents on climate change and mitigation actions. Can you please tell the Assembly about this survey and its results?

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR CORBELL: I am sure that Mr Coe is looking forward to these facts, Madam Speaker.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR CORBELL: Earlier this year my directorate commissioned a survey to research community attitudes and opinions about climate change in the ACT. The survey was undertaken by Piazza Research between 20 August and 11 September this year—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR CORBELL: using a combination of focus groups and desktop research to develop a questionnaire and a telephone survey by trained interviewers surveying a total sample size of 1,197 respondents. The survey is statistically reliable and representative. The results show that there is a high awareness of climate change in the ACT community, a willingness to commit to reducing individual household emissions and a mandate for the government to continue to tackle—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR CORBELL: A mandate; a mandate—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR CORBELL: for the government to continue to tackle the issue—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR CORBELL: on a territory-wide scale. Almost 90 per cent of the nearly 2,000 households surveyed believed that climate change is a genuine problem; 68 per cent accept that their own lifestyle contributes to the adverse effects of climate change; 84 per cent believe that actions at a household level can help make a difference.


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