Page 4038 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

Secondly, when you go further down in the legislation at section 17(3) it says, “Without limiting subsection (1), the matters on which the council may advise the minister include the following matters:” It then lists off subparagraphs (a) to (g). So there are an enormous range of areas in which the council is invited to give the minister advice, including on actions to achieve energy efficiencies, actions or strategies to increase renewable energy use, to achieve the targets mentioned in part 2. That is paragraph 17(3)(c). Then there are a number of other areas including actions taken or strategies implemented by private entities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change.

In terms of Ms Lee’s view that the council might have advice the government does not want to hear, I can assure you the council is very forthright in their views. They have mixed views. We have real expertise on that council and we have excellent discussions. Then there is, of course, subsection (18) of the legislation that says the minister consider council advice, “in exercising a function under this act the minister must consider any relevant advice given to the minister by the council.”

So I think Ms Lee’s point is correct, the council is a very valuable one and their advice is important. They have a great deal of expertise and I believe the legislation addresses the point Ms Lee is seeking to make. So the government does not believe this amendment is necessary.

Question put:

That amendment No 2 be agreed to.

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 8A negatived.

Clause 9 agreed to.

Proposed new clause 9A.

MS LEE (Kurrajong-Leader of the Opposition) (12.09): I move amendment No 3 circulated in my name which inserts a new clause 9A [see schedule 1 at page 4093].

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video