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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 30 June 2011) . . Page.. 3036 ..

Proposed new clause 5A.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.40): I move amendment No 3 circulated in my name, which inserts a new clause 5A [see schedule 3 at page 3179].

This rather simple amendment relates to the relevant date. I commend it to the Assembly.

Amendment agreed to.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.41): Pursuant to standing order 182AB, I seek leave to move an amendment to this clause as it is minor and technical in nature.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name, which inserts a new clause 5A [see schedule 2 at page 3177].

In discussions with the Liberal Party and the Greens yesterday, whilst we could not reach agreement in relation to the substantive matters of concern to the government, issues relating to reporting were discussed. As I indicated I would, I am introducing an amendment today which allows for reporting in relation to a number of applications and connections under the scheme to be reported on a monthly basis, consistent with the reporting that already takes place. This is reporting that already takes place but which is not currently mandated in legislation. As the government indicated yesterday, we are quite happy to put it into legislation even though it already occurs.

Mr Seselja proposes some other reporting requirements which are not consistent with the national reporting and account data collection obligations of electricity retailers pursuant to the national electricity law. So the government does not agree with that approach but it is happy to mandate into legislation that reporting which is already occurring and which is consistent with the relevant obligations of companies under the national electricity law.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.43): The opposition is happy to support this amendment. What I would have done, had I had the call, was move my amendment which did beef up reporting requirements. I will not be moving that amendment once this goes through. But the rationale for that was to move to monthly reporting because that was one of the problems. The reporting was not onerous enough. I put it that, in order to improve this again, we needed some beefed-up reporting requirements. We put those forward. The government then circulated an amendment that would take a different approach, a similar approach though not as wide ranging.

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