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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (18 March) . . Page.. 425..


confidence and support to areas that are under pressure. We hope that it does stimulate some activity. But we are not standing on the roof tops saying that it is going to solve everybody's problems or protect the economy from the decisions the commonwealth might take.

We are being realistic about our role. That is why in the context of everything I say I call us a small but significant player. We hope that it does stimulate the building and construction industry. That is what it is targeted to do but I am not sitting here saying how many jobs it will create, how much it will deliver, because I think that is very, very hard to do.

So I am not over-promising, Mr Smyth. I know you would like me to just so you can stand there and whinge and hope that I fail at it, that it does not do what we want it to do. But we have set out to support employment in the territory to hopefully give some of those developments that are in that consideration stage, but which maybe have not crossed the line, the confidence that the government is listening to them, that the government is working with them. Where it adds up—that is, with the public interest test firmly at the front of our mind, the fairness test firmly at the front of our mind—we will work and we will intervene to help. That is what this package is about.

Energy—solar

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, when did the first discussions around large-scale solar in the ACT first take place?

MR CORBELL: It would depend on which discussions Mr Wall is referring to.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: When did the concept of developing large-scale solar in the ACT first become government policy?

Ms Gallagher interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe and Chief Minister, Mr Corbell has the floor.

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: Questions without notice. Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, when were potential proponents of solar power facilities first identified?


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