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potentially go up substantially in those 20 years. The fact that the ACT is locking in energy contracts at a fixed price for 20 years will be highly advantageous to this community. Those who come after us will be very grateful for the work that has been done. They will in time really recognise the significant advantage the ACT has had put in place for it through the passage of these 20-year contracts. For those reasons I will not be supporting the committee referral today.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

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MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): I recognise in the gallery the ministerial advisory council for LGBTIQ, A Gender Agenda, ACT Women's Legal Centre and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed from 27 February 2014, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.04): Just a few moments ago Minister Barr tabled documentation which proved the Canberra Liberals were right on the increase in rates. Rates will triple at least. Then we have the cost of parking, the cost of bus fares and even the cost increases for a cup of coffee. How much have these increased in the last few years? And how many cups of coffee will we be talking about in total to cover these increases? Remember that we have the most expensive child care in the country.

Since Labor was first elected, taxation per capita has gone up 90 per cent—the highest in the country. Real taxation is up 55 per cent, property rates 90 per cent and rates 77 per cent. Water prices have tripled. Electricity prices are up 85 per cent, with another increase of 17.8 per cent to pay for the federal Labor-Greens carbon tax, which was supported by the local Greens-Labor coalition.


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