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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2395 ..

Loose Fill Asbestos Insulation Eradication Scheme—Implementation—Report—1 January to 30 June 2021.

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 161(2)—Exercise of call-in powers—Statement by Minister—Development application No 202138534—Block 1 Section 58 Garran, dated 5 August 2021, including a Notice of Decision, dated 5 August 2021.

Territory-owned Corporations Act, pursuant to subsection 19(3)—Statement of Corporate Intent—Icon Water Limited—2020-21 to 2024-25 Business Strategy.

Victims of Crime Financial Assistance Scheme—Review—Projects Assisting Victims’ Experience and Recovery (PAVER) Review—Revised.

Auditor-General’s report No 4/2021—government response

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.14): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Auditor-General Act, pursuant to section 21—Auditor-General’s Report No 4/2021—ACT Government’s vehicle emissions reduction activities—Government response.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (3.15): I am pleased to table the government’s response to the Auditor-General’s report on vehicle emissions reduction activities. I can confirm today that government has accepted all five recommendations in this audit report. I thank the Auditor-General for the in-depth review of the progress of these policies and I am grateful for the opportunity to respond to the findings and recommendations of this report.

This audit report has come at a critical point, where transport has overtaken electricity as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the territory. The transport sector currently represents around 60 per cent of total ACT emissions. As we know, climate change is one of the greatest challenges that our community faces. That is why we are prioritising the shift to zero-emissions transport, including active travel and zero-emissions vehicles.

The audit report highlights government actions to address emissions reduction in the transport sector, including: the transition of government fleets to zero-emissions technologies, noting the complexity of this technology transition; the introduction of hydrogen vehicles into the ACT government fleet; the establishment of effective governance arrangements and collaboration between different functions of government to deliver zero-emissions transport actions; and the adoption of e-scooter and e-bike schemes in Canberra. The audit report notes the significant progress to date

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