Page 4037 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 14

Mr Cain

Mr Barr

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Berry

Mr Pettersson

Mr Cocks

Mr Braddock

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Lawder

Ms Burch

Mr Steel

Ms Lee

Ms Cheyne

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Milligan

Ms Clay

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Parton

Ms Davidson

Mr Gentleman

Question resolved in the negative.

Proposed new clause 7A negatived.

Clause 8 agreed to.

Proposed new clause 8A.

MS LEE (Kurrajong-Leader of the Opposition) (12.02): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name, which inserts a new clause 8A [see schedule 1 at page 4093].

Clause 8A would include a prescribed function for the council to provide advice on actions taken in the Territory to address climate change. This will enable the council to provide feedback as it sees fit to the minister on the efficacy of climate action.
This is an important step that would empower the council to be proactive in assessing
the effectiveness of the government of the day’s climate policies and providing alternative suggestions if necessary.

The Climate Change Council comprises experts in this field and their input into the effectiveness of climate action can only serve to strengthen the government’s approach to climate policy. Although the council might have some things to say that this Labor-Greens government might not want to hear, frank and fearless advice in this space specifically tailored to Canberra and our unique circumstances would no doubt be invaluable. I commend my amendment to the Assembly.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (12.03): The government will not be supporting this amendment. I do not disagree with the comments Ms Lee made, but the act actually already reflects the very points she has made.

Firstly, I think the drafting is awkwardly placed. Section 17(1) where Ms Lee proposes to insert this additional text, talks about the main functions of the council and it highlights the two key platforms of climate action, that is, firstly mitigation and secondly adaptation. As a matter of drafting I do not think it fits there.

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