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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 18 November 2010) . . Page.. 5679 ..


present there is a $1,000 rebate available to new houses in Wright which install energy-efficient air conditioners. Why does this rebate not apply to householders who choose to build their houses so that they do not need any air conditioning?

MR STANHOPE: I will take advice on the policy position and seek a full explanation for Ms Le Couteur. I am afraid I cannot assist her today.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, has the government considered extending the $1,000 rebate to include houses which are above the current mandatory energy efficiency rating?

MR STANHOPE: I will take advice on that question and take it on notice. I have to say I am not aware that we have. I would hope we have and, if we have not, we will.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Chief Minister, given that development applications for new housing in Wright need to be signed off by a sustainability adviser, why does this not apply to other LDA estates in Canberra?

MR STANHOPE: I think it is a prospective position that has been taken but I will get full details of the policy for members.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Chief Minister, are rebates being developed for new houses which treat their own grey water in Molonglo?

MR STANHOPE: I will take that question on notice.

Schools—distribution of political material

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People and it refers to the incident where the minister handed out ALP show bags containing Labor Party membership forms and an application to join the Labor Club to year 8, 9 and 10 students. Minister, in a previous answer to a question on this topic you answered:

I see nothing wrong, however, in providing information that was consistent with the intent of what we were there for, which was an advanced civics course …

Minister, in the Labor Club application form you distributed which was, according to you, “consistent with the intent of what we were there for, an advanced civics course”, the form asks the students if they are smokers. In what way is asking year 8 students whether they are smokers consistent with the intent of an advanced civics course?


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