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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 672..

well credentialed. His resume reads very well and he certainly would appear to be an ideal candidate for this position. The opposition is certainly happy to support Mr Volker to continue on with a role—in this case, as the alternate independent reviewer. We will support this, and look forward to working with Professor Pearce as necessary.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (4.49): My comments largely echo those of Mr Hanson. Having reviewed the CV of Professor Pearce and being aware of his reputation prior to that, he is a suitable appointment and I am very happy to support the nomination. Similarly, Mr Volker, who has been in the role during the previous term, has performed the role as we would hope. In that event, I am very happy to support his nomination as the alternate.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of a two-thirds majority of members.


Ms Gallagher presented the following paper:

Changes announced to Commence and Complete Fees and Lease Variation Charge.

Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee

Proposed reference

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.50): Pursuant to standing order 174, I move:

That the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill 2014 be referred to the Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services for inquiry and report.

The Canberra Liberals support working towards a sustainable environment and we have been a leader in this area on many occasions. We have supported a number of motions here in this place relating to emissions target reductions, including one brought recently by Mr Rattenbury. We are all elected to this Assembly to represent our constituents. We have been elected to look after their best interests, and we need to be ensuring that decisions we make in this place do not make day-to-day life more difficult for Canberrans.

Looking after the environment is one of those concerns. The cost of living is another serious concern for our constituents. We live in a city with many high costs—rents, child care, rates, utility bills. Today the government wants to take another step in the direction of increasing the cost of living pressures for Canberrans. Today the

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