Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 September 2022) . . Page.. 2635 ..
the inquiry will be advertised in the press and the following parties shall be written to: all current members, former chief ministers and speakers; the Head of Service; the Labor Party, the Canberra Liberals and the ACT Greens; staff of the Office of the Legislative Assembly; Parliamentary Counsel; the Electoral Commissioner, the Auditor-General, the Ombudsman and the Integrity Commissioner; relevant academics; the Commissioner for Standards and the Ethics and Integrity Adviser; and other relevant parties.
Submissions will close on 16 December 2022, and any public hearings that the committee elects to conduct will be held in early February 2023. The committee expects to be able to report in late April 2023. I encourage all members to contribute to this inquiry.
Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity—Standing Committee
Statement by chair
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.58): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity.
In accordance with the Assembly resolution establishing general purpose standing committees, the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Natural Gas Transition) Amendment Bill 2022 was referred to the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity on 4 August 2022.
The committee considers the bill to be a substantial change in policy. The explanatory statement to the bill notes that the amendments include the power to modify national energy laws, but only to the extent that they give effect to preventing new natural gas connections in prescribed circumstances.
For this reason, at its private meeting on 9 August 2022, the committee resolved to undertake an inquiry into the bill. The committee called for public submissions on 12 August 2022. This period closed on 30 August 2022. The committee held a public hearing on 13 September 2022. The committee will report to the Assembly by 6 October 2022.
Statement by chair
MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (11.59): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity relating to referred petitions.
Petition 17-22, concerning kangaroo culling, a moratorium and independent review, was received by the Assembly on 2 June 2022 and referred to the committee under standing order 99A. As signatories to petition 17-22, 853 residents of the ACT requested the Assembly to declare a moratorium on kangaroo culling and conduct an independent review.