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My motion required government to investigate how the ACT can contribute to establishing national recycling arrangements. It required government to find out which commonwealth product stewardship schemes would be starting in the next 12 months. It required government to investigate the different options so that we can build the business models to recycle these items. And it said that we should look at all the different options: a user-pays system, product stewardship, producer responsibility, and a government-paid system. The motion required government to report back to the Assembly in this sitting with options and a time line for schemes to recycle solar panels, large batteries and electrical appliances.

I am delighted that Minister Gentleman, on behalf of Minister Steel, has tabled the government response today. Due to the procedural rules that operate here, I have not yet had a chance to read that response and I will not get to see it until later today. But I am confident that it will deliver on the Assembly commitments. I look forward to working with Minister Steel, with the community and with the recycling sector to get those good results right here in the ACT.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Climate targets and commitments

Papers and statement by member

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (3.04): Pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 11 November 2021, I present the following papers:

Climate targets and commitments—Copies of letters to the—

Leader of the Australian Greens from the Leader of the ACT Greens, dated 21 December 2021.

Leader of the ACT Greens from the Leader of the Australian Greens, dated 3 February 2022.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: In November last year Ms Clay tabled a motion that, amongst other points, called for me as the Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reductions to write to my federal counterpart and, separately, for all parties represented in the Assembly to write to the federal leaders of their respective political parties to urge them to commit to stronger climate ambition and a more rapid phase-out of fossil fuel extraction and use.

Ms Clay’s motion called for the leader of each party to table a copy of these letters and their responses in the Assembly by the first sittings of 2022. I have just tabled mine, and the letter I sent to Minister Taylor has also been tabled.

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