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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (22 Feburary) . .

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Recommendation 12 of the commissioner's report asks the government to identify energy productivity and/or efficiency targets in conjunction with emissions reduction targets at five to 10-year interval, out to 2050, to optimise sustainability outcomes. The government has noted this recommendation. The Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010 already includes a section to develop per person energy efficiency targets, in section 10. In 2016 an operational review of the act noted that the development of the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act supersedes the need for energy efficiency targets to be set as part of the act. This act sets various energy efficiency targets across the territory, including the priority household target to assist those in the community most vulnerable to cost increases in energy. However, this is an issue we may reassess in future years, should the need arise.

Once again, I thank the commissioner and her office for the hard work involved in preparing the implementation status report. I would also like to thank the local experts who contributed their knowledge to the expert commentary and case studies that are also published within the report. We are proud to have so many experts residing and working in the Canberra region and to be able to showcase their work in the commissioner's document.

I am pleased with the achievements made through the implementation of action plan 2 since its release in 2012. I look forward to continuing to update the Assembly on how the ACT can continue to embrace the challenge of climate change and, through action, demonstrate ongoing leadership to communities locally, nationally and internationally. I commend the statement of government response to the implementation status report on the ACT government's climate change policy to the Assembly.

Health system

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Cody): Madam Speaker has received letters from Miss C Burch, Ms Cheyne, Ms Cody, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Mrs Kikkert, Ms Lawder, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Lee, Mr Milligan, Ms Orr, Mr Parton, Mr Pettersson, Mr Steel and Mr Wall proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Madam Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mrs Dunne be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The importance of fixing the ongoing problems with the ACT public health system.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.17): I have broken the drought. It is at least six years, according to my staff, since I have presented an MPI. For four of those years I was the Speaker and not presenting matters of public importance, but it is a long time since I have raised an issue. I am pleased that I have broken the drought with such an important issue as fixing the ongoing problems in the ACT public health system.


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