Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (1 August) . . Page.. 2578 ..
is other work that the ACT is undertaking, and work we are participating in under the national energy productivity plan to review them.
The final thing is the tool itself. There is often a lot of discussion about tools and ratings. They are definitely a critical component of the scheme, but they are not the first consideration. The first thing is to decide what we want to assess and communicate. We can then decide the most appropriate way of doing that. When the scheme first started there was only one real option. The scope of that was included in the rating and how the ratings were calculated was limited by the available tool—so the scheme had to fit the tool. We are not so constrained now and we can consider including and communicating other things so that the tool fits the scheme. Whatever tool we choose, we will be developing a transition plan.
The review is well underway. It is a very detailed piece of work, but I am confident we are working through all of these issues to determine the best scheme for the ACT into the future. I am looking forward to hearing the community's views on the scheme and how we can improve it when we undertake the public consultation later this year.
MS ORR (Yerrabi) (5.58), in reply: Briefly, as it is two minutes to six, I note that it seems we have tripartisan support for a review in this area, which is great. I almost think we could start a tripartisan "Appreciation of Glazing Club", from the debate we have just had. I think everything has pretty much been canvassed in the debate—the different systems we use to measure energy efficiency, and the fact that we need education so that people know what they are getting.
I would like to make the point, though, that passive house design is different from energy efficiency. Maybe that is one area where we can do a bit better in making people more aware. Also, the energy efficiency of a dwelling will change over time, particularly based on its upkeep. We had quite a bit of discussion, too, about affordable rentals. We need to make sure that we balance not just the rental cost but also the operational cost of that building, and energy efficiency will continue to be a part of that discussion. In summary, I am glad to hear that we have so many people appreciating the energy efficiency of our buildings.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Government Agencies (Land Acquisition Reporting) Bill 2018—in-principle debate
Statement by Speaker
MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne asked me to come back with a ruling on Mr Gentleman. I should have done this earlier in the day. You will still have a half hour in the adjournment debate. This morning, after the introduction of the Government Agencies (Land Acquisition Reporting) Bill 2018, Mr Gentleman rose to seek the call to speak and indicated that, before moving a motion to adjourn, he wished to make a few remarks. Standing order 171 states:
When a bill has been presented, the Member shall move, "That this bill be agreed to in principle" and the debate on the question shall then be adjourned to a future day on the motion of another Member.