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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . .

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The act states the due date of an inventory of three months after the end of the reporting period. Changing the reporting period to the most recent financial year should be done in 2017. To assist with adequate timing for pitt&sherry to receive necessary data, this part of the act should be amended to allow the inventory providers until the end of the calendar year or until December to produce their final report.

I am pleased to report to members that to date I have fulfilled the functions of the minister as set out under the act. Annual reports on these functions have been produced since 2011. This aspect of the act is effectively achieving its aims and the broader objectives of the act.

Also operating effectively is the section on the Climate Change Council. The council has provided valuable advice regarding policy best practice. It comprises a mix of representatives from industry and academia, a number of whom are internationally renowned for their work in climate change. The council has fulfilled its requirement to produce annual reports, the latest being tabled in November last year.

Finally, the act gives provision for the use of sector agreements. To date no sector agreements have been entered into. This is not to say we are not engaged with private entities. Programs like the renewable energy industry development strategy and the EEIS use private entities to assist in reaching the targets of the act. However, there is further opportunity to pursue agreements with entities in our industrial precincts, along with the industry that is Australian government operations within the ACT. The transport sector could also be a focus for voluntary agreements. This aspect of the act will remain unchanged, with more focus placed on developing sector agreements to be part of future directorate work.

Members should be pleased with the achievements made between 2010 and 2015 which demonstrate the effective operations of the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, and should be proud to see this legislation reducing the ACT's greenhouse gas emissions. I look forward to implementing the changes suggested in this review to see a progressive and world-leading ACT continuing to demonstrate how action to address climate change is affordable, achievable and of real meaning to our community. I commend the review to the Assembly.

Paper

Ms Fitzharris presented the following paper:

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual Report 2015Canberra Institute of Technology, dated 7 April 2016.

Planning—Brumbies lease variation

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.25): Madam Speaker, this is a reasonably simple motion—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you need to move the motion first.


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