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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 October 2010) . . Page.. 4866 ..

site to ensure that risk is mitigated to the greatest extent possible. I know the Fire Brigade continue to pay regard to that area.

In relation to the particular materials that Ms Hunter refers to, I will take some advice and provide further advice to the member.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Bresnan?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, given the multiple waste management activities on the site, what risk is there that toxic or hazardous leachates will seep into the Ginninderra Creek catchment area?

MR CORBELL: That is a separate question that relates to environment protection considerations. That would be a matter for the Environment Protection Authority to regulate and manage. Again, I would need to take advice from the EPA. So I will take that question on notice.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Given that this site has also been used as a depository for the disposal of asbestos-contaminated soil, what risk does this pose to the creek and the local area?

MR CORBELL: Those are relatively complex technical questions; I will seek the advice of the EPA and I will provide advice to the member.

Energy—feed-in tariff

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Energy. Minister, I refer to an article in today’s Australian online entitled “Solar take-up to drive up power bills”. In the article, Mr Brad Page, Chief Executive of the Energy Supply Association of Australia, said, in relation to schemes such as the New South Wales solar feed-in scheme:

The real tragedy is that these arrangements cost about $450 per tonne of greenhouse gas saved, an extraordinary amount with vastly cheaper alternatives available. The community is paying far more than it should to reduce emissions.

Minister, what is the cost for each tonne of greenhouse gas saved under the ACT government’s feed-in tariff scheme?

MR CORBELL: I do not have the answer immediately to hand, but I am happy to provide it to the member and I will take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Minister, why has the ACT government not adopted cheaper alternatives, as suggested by Mr Page?

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