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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 5 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1472..


Mr Coe: I ask whether Mr Gentleman's question is in fact asking for an opinion of the minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: No; I do not think that that is the case at all. He said, "Did you see?"He did not ask him what he thought about it. I am happy with the question.

MR CORBELL: I appreciate why the Liberal Party do not like talking about renewable energy projects, because their federal colleagues, the federal Liberals, are busy winding back every possible level of support for renewable energy generation in our region and across Australia, denying communities jobs and economic opportunity as well as locking householders into higher energy prices if we continue to rely on sources such as coal and gas for our energy supply.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR CORBELL: Mr Coe's interjection, nevertheless, should not detract from the supplementary asked by Mr Gentleman.

MADAM SPEAKER: It should not be even contemplated, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: What Mr Gentleman is asking is: is there support coming from the federal government? Regrettably, overwhelmingly, the answer is no. The shutdown of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, ARENA, announced last night is denying hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars to renewable energy projects across the nation. The review of the renewable energy target and the uncertainty associated with that are leading potentially to a flight of capital from Australia. I thought the Liberals said that Australia was open for business. Apparently it is not open for business if you are a renewable energy company. If you are a big multinational renewable energy company, you are not open for business. Talk about subsidies! Just look at the international evidence. Look at the assessments of the International Energy Agency and others about the level of subsidy provided for fossil fuels in this country. It is in the tens of billions of dollars. (Time expired.)

ACTION bus service—airport

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, the ACTION website advises commuters that "there is no direct ACTION service to the Canberra Airport, however there are multiple buses that service stops close by on weekdays". What bus stop services the airport terminal?

MR RATTENBURY: There are a number of services that go to the airport precinct, as Mrs Jones identified and has clearly read in the Canberra Times. These are services that go to the offices out there.

Members interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: Patience, colleagues.


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