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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1823 ..


physically distancing from people you do not know, practicing careful hand and respiratory hygiene, and using the Check In CBR app when out and about for contact tracing purposes.

I am pleased that we are doing well here in the ACT, and I thank every Canberran for contributing to these efforts. I present the following papers:

COVID-19—Update on Government response—Ministerial statement, 22 June 2021.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Act—pursuant to subsection 3(3)—COVID-19 Measures—Report No 15, dated 10 June 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Economy—climate change

Ministerial statement

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (10.41): The ACT leads the nation on climate action, creating the secure, sustainable jobs that come from this essential transition. We are delivering one of the most ambitious climate action agendas in the world, and we are doing it in a way that does not leave people behind. This government believes that the benefits of a zero-emissions future should be shared, not just available to those who can afford to make sustainable investments.

At this moment in time, governments at all levels have the opportunity, capability and motivation to partner with our communities in an effort to lower emissions. The government knows that an ambitious climate agenda can be an economic opportunity, not a cost. Our role is to set up the mechanisms to encourage uptake, to ensure that the benefits are accessible across the community and to create the jobs of the future. And that is exactly what the ACT government will continue to do.

In 2019, the ACT became the first jurisdiction outside of Europe to transition to 100 per cent renewable electricity. Last year we exceeded our interim target of a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels, and we did it ahead of schedule. Last month, Canberra was named the world’s most sustainable city. This is an environmental and economic transition, which must be equitable, ensuring we do not leave people behind.

Already, we are seeing the benefits that flow from investing in a clean energy future. Canberrans have consistently supported an ambitious set of climate policies that are science based and contribute to our target of zero net emissions by 2045. We know Canberrans want to make individual and household changes to reduce their carbon footprint and the government is committed to helping them do just that. This is where governments have a significant role to play, not only in incentivising the uptake of


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