Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 21 October 2010) . . Page.. 4869 ..
let that through as a question not being out of order. In that context, I think the minister has some latitude to answer the question.
MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Of course the real problem the Liberal Party have here is that they voted for the feed-in tariff and now they are opposed to it. It is the same Liberal Party that says it believes in climate change and then voted against the climate change bill in principle this morning. They try to walk both sides of the road. They say, “Yes, we need to cut greenhouse gas emissions,” but then they vote in principle against the legislation that does just that.
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?
MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. ActewAGL is a member of the consortium referred to. Does he think that it is evil? Does the minister think that ActewAGL is—
Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Is this a supplementary?
MR SPEAKER: Order! One moment, Mrs Dunne.
Mr Hargreaves: Is this a supplementary or is this the actual substantive question?
MR SPEAKER: This is a supplementary.
Mr Hargreaves: Then it does not require a preamble.
MR SPEAKER: Let us hear the question from Mrs Dunne before I rule on the point of order.
Mr Hargreaves: There is a preamble, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: You have the floor, Mrs Dunne. Perhaps you can say it again.
MRS DUNNE: Thank you. Minister, does ActewAGL fit your description of an evil energy company, as they are also a member of this consortium?
MR CORBELL: Mrs Dunne completely misrepresents me. At no time have I suggested that any of those companies are of the form that she described. That is her description, not mine.
MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Energy. It relates to an article in today’s Australian online. The article says that the nation’s biggest energy retailer, AGL Energy, this week applied to South Australia’s pricing regulator to increase power bills by $7.58 per megawatt hour next year, translating to an average of three per cent per bill, just to pass on the costs associated with the government’s scheme to encourage household-level renewables. Minister, by how much will ACT power bills rise as a direct result of you getting six per cent of your 40 per cent cut in emissions as a result of the feed-in tariff scheme?