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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4305..


Opposition members interjecting—

MR CORBELL: a well-informed and feasible plan to reduce our nation's carbon emissions. The failure of Mr Abbott is to not have a credible alternative to reduce this nation's carbon emissions. All we have got from Mr Abbott is soil magic, magic dust, and nothing else.

It is not good enough to repeal the price on carbon and have no credible alternative. It is selling our nation short. It is selling future generations short. And it is selling our nation down the drain at a time when we are one of the most vulnerable economies and one of the most vulnerable communities in the world when it comes to the implications of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming. Do you want to live in a nation where the average—

MADAM SPEAKER: Address the chair, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: Do those opposite, Madam Speaker, want to live in a nation where the average temperature increases by two, three or four per cent, with all of the consequences that arise from that; that sees more serious heat wave events; that sees the potential for more serious bushfire events? That is not the nation I want to live in. (Time expired.)

Mr Smyth: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, could we expand the time limit so that Mr Corbell can keep going?

MADAM SPEAKER: No, you cannot. That is not a point of order. It is just frivolous, Mr Smyth.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to questions without notice

Roads—Christmas light displays

MR RATTENBURY: In response to questions I was asked earlier about matters regarding Roads ACT, I can confirm for the chamber that nobody has been charged fees this year. As I indicated in my answer, Roads ACT is in discussion with two households in order to work out how to manage traffic arrangements given the size of their events. With regard to previous years, my initial advice is that Roads ACT has not charged anyone, but they are going to double-check the records to confirm that.

What is certain, though, is that Roads ACT has absorbed considerable costs associated with mitigating risks and management of Christmas light events, including $15,000 for one specific residence. And on one occasion one householder closed the road themselves unilaterally. This underlines the challenges government faces in trying to deal with this issue in a sensitive way that enables celebration of the Christmas spirit whilst at the same time managing the safety issues that arise from this level of traffic on suburban streets.


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