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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 March 2010) . . Page.. 1434 ..


Question so resolved in the negative.

Motion negatived.

Energy—low income households

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.30): I seek leave to amend my notice of motion with the amended motion that has been circulated.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises:

(a) the importance of reducing the ACT’s greenhouse emissions as part of the global and national effort to tackle climate change;

(b) that policies designed to reduce greenhouse emissions, and the impact of climate change, may disproportionately impact on low income households;

(c) that approximately 19% of ACT households are considered to be low income; and

(d) that the rising costs of energy will disproportionately affect low income households;

(2) notes:

(a) the 2008 report Social Impacts of Climate Change in the ACT issued by the ACT Government;

(b) the public housing energy efficiency program; and

(c) the successful operation of the Water and Energy Savings in the Territory (WEST) program; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) undertake poverty impact assessments for all energy policies and programs and include amelioration measures to address equity in these proposals;

(b) ensure that the community sector is adequately resourced to advocate on behalf of low income households on emerging energy policy issues such as deregulated pricing, time of use tariffs and National Energy Market consultations;


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