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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 March 2010) . . Page.. 1314 ..

value and aspire to. This is an opportunity to do it better—to build those suburbs of the future, to not be afraid of change.

The seven-star rating is one good example of where the opportunity is so tremendous. Alison Carmichael, who is the CEO of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors, researched this issue using the AccuRate software to analyse a range of house designs for brick and tile first homes. First homebuyers will hear Mr Seselja often commenting about the need for affordability. The results consistently show that the energy rating of a modest brick and tile bungalow can be increased from five to seven stars for under $4,000 by positioning the house well on the block, making sure it is well insulated and using double-glazed energy-rated windows.

These changes can result in a substantial reduction in energy use when compared to five-star homes—a 24 per cent reduction for a six-star home and 45 per cent for a seven-star home. Imagine how that would impact on housing affordability. If you can reduce somebody’s energy usage by 45 per cent, imagine what that would do for housing affordability. That is what the Greens are on about. (Time expired.)

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: On the matter of public importance, the discussion is concluded.

Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.


ACT Greens—policies

Freedom of information

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.41): A few weeks ago I noticed that the ACT Greens circulated a flyer in some parts of Canberra and it was passed on to the Canberra Liberals for our information. It says, “What a difference a year can make!” with the ACT Greens. I thought that it was interesting when you look at the dot points inside, where I think the Greens are claiming that they have contributed to these things or that these are their policy initiatives in place. Some of them are plausible and I give a tick under “Democracy Now” to the Greens’ claims that:

New rules make Question Time more about issues and less about political games and “Dorothy Dixers”.

I do not think I would have phrased it like that, but I think that there is a general view that the new approach to question time is a good one.

The next one under “Democracy Now” says:

Government must respond to committee findings in 3 months.

Well, that does not happen. We saw Ms Le Couteur make a statement to the Assembly to that effect only last week.

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