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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (4 August) . .

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We recognise we need to focus on reforms in a way that helps to continue to reduce the harm caused by alcohol in our community but also in a way that allows people to enjoy themselves responsibly and to ensure that we have a sustainable hospitality sector as part of a vibrant city and economy. I thank members overall for their support of the bill, and I trust that it will be adopted by the Assembly today.

Question put:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 4 June 2015, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (12.14): I am pleased to speak today on the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Amendment Bill 2015. The bill is for an act to amend the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012. The bill contains amendments to extend and enhance the operation of the energy efficiency improvement scheme which was established by and is provided for in the act. I say at the outset that we will not be opposing this bill. By extending the operation of the energy efficiency improvement scheme the bill increases opportunities for priority households in the ACT, also known as low income households, to reduce energy costs and usage.

As I mentioned, the bill proposes amendments to the act. The act established the energy efficiency improvement scheme which commenced on 1 January 2013. Under the act it was legislated to run for three years until 31 December 2015. The objectives of the act are to encourage the efficient use of energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with stationary energy use in the ACT, reduce household and business energy use and costs and increase opportunities for priority or low income households to reduce energy use and costs.


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