Page 4114 - Week 12 - Thursday, 1 December 2022

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Scheme and the large‐scale feed-in tariff scheme have impacts on the cost of living through their effects on electricity prices. Together, these schemes contributed approximately $358 to the annual electricity bill of a representative ACT household in 2021-22.

The government recognises that the cost of climate change measures can have a disproportionate impact on low-income households. Specific government policies and programs are in place to help those vulnerable households facing financial hardship and to address the cost of climate change measures on lower income households. These include programs for low income households, utility concessions and requirements on energy retailers to assist consumers suffering financial hardship.

The annual report showcases the significant achievements made by the ACT government and the ACT community in tackling climate change in 2021‐22. It also demonstrates our commitment to transparency and accountability for the work we do to reduce emissions in a cost‐effective manner. In 2021‐22 we brought our emissions down to 47 per cent below 1990 levels. We should all be proud of these achievements, but we must be ready to work even harder to do our share to address this global problem.

The report I am tabling today shows that the ACT continues to be a leader in responding to climate change. It is an exciting time for Canberra as we prepare to electrify our city, transition away from the use of fossil fuel gas by 2045 and accelerate the uptake of zero emissions vehicles. I look forward to future reports setting out how our community is successfully making the transition to a zero emissions city.

I commend to the Assembly the 2021‐22 Minister’s Annual Report under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010. I present the following papers:

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act, pursuant to subsection 15(3)—Minister’s Annual Report 2021-2022—


Ministerial statement, 1 December 2022.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the ministerial statement.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Asbestos—task force closure report

Ministerial statement

MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (10.59): I am pleased today to table the Asbestos Response Taskforce closure report in the ACT Legislative Assembly. The task force closure report details how the ACT government listened, led, responded

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