Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 26 October 2010) . . Page.. 4983 ..
Better careers for teachers, better outcomes for students—Copy of statement, dated 26 October 2010.
That the Assembly take note of the paper.
Debate (on motion by Mr Doszpot) adjourned to the next sitting.
Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Bill 2010
Climate Change (Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets) Bill 2008 (No 2)]
Debate resumed from 21 October 2010.
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (10.15): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 2 at page 5086].
This is the first of a series of amendments that I will be moving today. I would like to take this opportunity to comment generally on those amendments and then specifically this one. I would note, as I have flagged, that the Greens have suggested quite a number of amendments to the government. They have, I think, engaged very constructively and been amenable to many of the changes to the bill that we have proposed. I welcome those discussions we have had. I think that it has been very constructive and enlightening to go through that process of talking about some of those ideas.
I think that these amendments will make the bill a better bill. In that regard I agree with Mrs Dunne that the government’s bill did have some omissions in it but I would have to disagree with her statement that the Greens do not care about those omissions. I realise perhaps that at the time she made those comments Mrs Dunne had not actually read our amendments. If she had, she might have realised that we have actually sought to remedy some of those, what she called, glaring omissions.
But we have sought to do it constructively and I believe that we have secured the support of the government for many of the amendments that we are tabling. Given Mrs Dunne’s concern about such issues as accountability and reporting, an energy efficiency target, a renewable energy target set by the minister—not delegated—and accountability for the climate change council, I also imagine that if the government were not to support our amendments then Mrs Dunne and her colleagues will be. In fact, I hope that the Liberals will support some of our amendments that the government, as far as I am aware, are not so disposed to.
I mentioned last week that the bill put forward by Mr Seselja on behalf of the Liberal Party earlier in this term was clearly based on the South Australian legislation. As we have reinserted some of the mechanisms and language from that legislation similar to