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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .

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Considering the huge amount of scientific evidence, the increasing amount of scientific evidence on the disastrous effects of climate change, and considering the government's policies to respond to the threats of climate change, I question the reasons behind those who are taking us backwards and creating a less certain future for us all. Any support for the federal government's position is a thinly disguised denial that climate change is real.

Our government accepts that climate change and the threat it poses to our city, our community and our environment are real. The increasing impact of climate change will be felt by all members of our community. It will place added strains on emergency services, health services and our critical infrastructure, let alone the personal and financial loss on communities and financial costs to governments. To not support this motion and action on climate change is to deny the science.

In conclusion, this government are committed to action on climate change and have a plan to achieve our targets. In doing so, we will continue to focus on local job creation, the diversification of our economy and helping vulnerable parts of the community manage our transition to a low carbon economy and a sustainable Canberra. I commend the motion to the Assembly.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

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

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

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion agreed to.


MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.11): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes CommSec's October 2014 State and Territory Economic Performance Report where the ACT is the:

(a) second worst overall economic performing jurisdiction in the country;

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