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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 10 February 2021) . . Page.. 384 ..

registration fee waivers and the installation of charging points, we believe that the ACT will well and truly surpass the commonwealth’s woefully low target of having 26 per cent zero emission vehicles as part of total vehicle sales by 2030. The commonwealth’s target of 26 per cent of all new vehicle sales by 2030 is incredibly low by global standards. Again, I think it will fall to the states and territories—across the political divide, fortunately, amongst the states and territories—to drive the zero emission vehicle revolution.

MR PETTERSSON: Chief Minister, how will these policies support the creation of jobs for the future here in the territory?

MR BARR: The range of policies that we took to the election that have been funded in the budget are expected to create around 2,000 additional jobs in the territory. That will contribute to the ACT government’s objective of growing the territory’s employment base to over 250,000 by 2025. By investing in a number of these industries, and by supporting these industries via that investment, we will see significant opportunity to do three things: create jobs; reduce emissions; and reduce household cost of living. They are three very worthy goals for our city—goals that the government is determined to deliver.

Environment—electric vehicle charging stations

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Climate Action and it relates to EV charging. Chief Minister, I just bought an EV, but I cannot charge it in the government-provided car park in the new government office building because there are not any sockets. Have you got plans to install EV charging in more spaces in the new government office building, and will you ensure that, going forward, all government major projects appropriately accommodate EVs?

MR BARR: I understand that there are some power points in that level 1 basement. They would be standard household ones, not the fast charging EV ones. But we will certainly have a look at it. I would say that the biggest priority in terms of the 50 charging points is that they would be publicly accessible for everyone, not just behind the gate for MLAs. So in looking at where an EV charging point or points could be made in that public car park we would probably look outside the MLA compound, frankly. But we will have a look. I am happy to see what can be done there. In relation to your vehicle, Ms Clay, it might be that the shuffling of the car parking spots might see you near a charging point. I do believe that there are some power points down there.

MS CLAY: Will residents be able to access the $150 million Sustainable Household Scheme to install electric vehicle charging at their residences in standalone homes and in apartment buildings? What we are finding with EVs is that it is great to have public charging, but most people just want to charge it where they park their car, which is going to be at their home or at their work.

MR BARR: That is a pretty sensible suggestion. I am happy to look at that.

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