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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 12 Hansard (24 October) . . Page.. 4404 ..


I note the strong support across this chamber for this. There are not many issues on which the Liberal Party, the Greens and the Labor Party can find agreement.

Mr Parton interjecting—

MR BARR: As I said, I do not think you are evil, Mr Parton; I think you are conservative, but you know that.

Ms Berry: He is wearing a red tie today.

MR BARR: Indeed, he is sporting a very Corbyn red tie this afternoon; or it could be a Trump red tie. But I digress, Madam Speaker. I am very happy to support the rest of Mr Parton's amendment if my amendment is supported by the Assembly. I commend it to everyone.

Mr Barr's amendment to Mr Parton's proposed amendments agreed to.

Mr Parton's amendments, as amended, agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Amendment Bill 2019

Debate resumed from 19 September 2019, on motion by Mr Rattenbury:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (5.17): I start this debate by acknowledging an important milestone of the ACT achieving our target of 100 per cent renewable electricity on 1 October this year. One of the key elements of the ACT's success in achieving this target has been the support of all parties. I take this opportunity to thank our hardworking ACT public servants who were instrumental in bringing this about.

Another important element in our success has been through the strategically timed feed-in tariff scheme. Our reverse auctions have been acknowledged in a number of arenas. To give credit where it is due, I acknowledge the drivers of these initiatives. I am sure that other jurisdictions are seeing the opportunities of such a scheme.

Earlier this year, the Canberra Liberals, through my colleague Nicole Lawder, who was the acting shadow minister for the environment whilst I was on maternity leave, supported the government's bill to maintain 100 per cent renewable electricity beyond 2020. The purpose of this bill is to increase our renewable electricity capacity to ensure that the ACT is able to continue to maintain that target. In that regard, I have an amendment that I will move at the detail stage, but I will speak to the bill and the amendment together.


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