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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 12 April 2018) . . Page.. 1355 ..

… UnionsACT or any affiliated union of UnionsACT … does not constitute a submission of UnionsACT. This submission has been made through a tool provided by UnionsACT, and no warranty or representation is made by UnionsACT as to the content, reliability or accuracy of the information provided by the individual named as the author.

In effect UnionsACT is creating a submission tool which is pretty much identical to have your say, yet somehow there is no problem. It is interesting that they are happy to have one set of rules for their union mates and funders but another set of rules for people who are concerned about rates.

There are thousands of people in this city who are hurting as a result of this regime. The Canberra Liberals do not regret this and we hope that all members of this place encourage people to make submissions to Assembly inquiries. I gather that many inquiries and numerous committees have discussed how we can get more submissions to committee inquiries. That should be something that is on the agenda.

If there are lessons to be learnt from this exercise, that is good, and we will take those on board. But we should not be stifling the voices of many Canberrans who are able to contribute because of what the Canberra Liberals members have done here. If we are going to be serious about having inquiries on matters such as rates, we should be willing to take submissions however they come.

It is very disappointing that those opposite—and perhaps the Greens; I do not know how they are voting—will not want to accept or generate more submissions for inquiries. We do not take a backward step on this. We think this is the right thing to do, and of course we will be voting against the establishment of the inquiry.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to a later hour.

Emission reduction and renewable energy

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (11.37): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the:

(a) ACT is making important contributions to national and global efforts to address climate change, including through its target of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2020, and its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest;

(b) ACT is on track to achieve the 100 percent renewable electricity target and is currently planning actions to achieve the net zero emissions target; and

(c) ACT’s actions on climate change have resulted in various benefits for ACT residents, including insulation from potential future price rises, and significant new investment and economic opportunities;

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