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The committee held three public hearings during the inquiry. Due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, these were conducted via videoconference. During the hearings the committee heard from ACT government ministers, directorate officials and others about a range of issues affecting the ACT community.

The report makes 26 recommendations to the ACT government, covering several portfolio areas. A total of 56 questions were lodged during the inquiry. This includes 31 questions taken on notice during the hearings and 25 questions submitted by members of the committee and other members of the Assembly.

Regrettably, the committee received several late responses to questions. There were also four responses that had not been received as at the date of the committee report. Accordingly, the committee reminds all members to ensure that responses to questions are provided in a timely manner. The committee has made a recommendation to this effect in its report.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to thank those who participated in or otherwise assisted with this inquiry, including ministers, directorate officials and statutory officers. I commend the committee’s report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee

Report 3

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (10.16): I present the following report:

Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee—Report 3—Inquiry into Annual and Financial Reports 2020-2021, dated 20May 2022, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am speaking about the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity inquiry into annual and financial reports. This is the third report of our committee. This report reflects evidence taken by the committee in relation to the annual and financial reports 2020-21 and presents recommendations arising from examination.

The committee held three public hearings via videoconference. A total of 26 questions were taken and placed on notice during the inquiry. The report makes 12 recommendations on a range of topics, including scope 3 emissions, active travel, weed management, recycling of batteries and solar panels, and energy efficiency in social housing.

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