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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 22 February 2018) . . Page.. 632 ..

The government will respond to the audit findings, which will be led by Minister Gentleman, as these matters fall within his portfolio as minister for the environment and land management. I commend the independent audit of the Gungahlin strategic assessment to the Assembly.

Implementation status report on ACT government’s climate change policy—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (4.10): For the information of members I present the following paper:

ACT Government’s Climate Change Policy—Implementation status report—Government response.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I am pleased to table the 2018 ACT government’s response to the 2017 implementation status report on the ACT government’s climate change policy—action plan 2, prepared by the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. To maintain accountability and transparency, every three years the government invites this independent audit of government action on climate change, presents the findings to the Assembly and provides a statement of government response to any recommendations made.

In February 2017 I invited the office of the commissioner to audit and report by 30 September 2017 on the status of actions under AP2. The office of the commissioner reported on whether actions are completed, ongoing, modified or subsumed through separate policy mechanisms. The office also reported on how the territory is tracking on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and towards our greenhouse gas reduction targets.

I received a copy of this report on 15 September 2017, which I tabled in the Assembly on 26 October 2017. Under section 21 of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Act 1993, as the responsible minister I am tabling this statement of government response to the recommendations in the report within the required six months of receipt.

I would like to thank Professor Kate Auty, the commissioner, and her office for the work they have done on this audit. The audit was positive, and it found that “the ACT government’s continued commitment to addressing climate change has ensured the implementation of the 18 actions”. It acknowledged the complexity of a number of actions and determined that six actions are completed, eight are ongoing, one has been modified and one has been subsumed by other work.

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