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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4075 ..


Home Affairs might be able to do in hosting citizenship ceremonies at the upcoming meeting of multicultural affairs ministers. My office had been informed, while question time was ongoing, that that meeting has been cancelled. However, I am intending to engage with the minister on some other matters, and will raise the issue in that way.

Government—zero emissions vehicles

MR RATTENBURY: Yesterday Mr Cain and Ms Castley asked me several questions on public reporting on zero emission vehicle policy in the ACT. I can now confirm that our commitment to transparency with the community is clear. This is a pillar of the functions of the minister under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010.

With respect to delivering on this commitment, the government’s actions on emissions reduction activities, including zero emission vehicles, are reported annually in the minister’s annual report. The latest report is forthcoming today—shortly—and our previous reports are available on the EPSDD website.

The ACT’s emissions inventory is published each year on the EPSDD website and provides transport emissions data and reporting about trends over time. The inventory is independently developed by emissions accounting specialist Point Advisory, and our latest report will be released in December.

This year we also began publishing ACT electric vehicle registration data through the ACT Data Lake. This data has already been used for a zero emissions vehicle research project by university students. We also began reporting our zero emission vehicle indicator in August 2021, actioning the recommendation of the Auditor-General to provide a regular indicator on zero emission vehicle uptake in the territory. This is available on the EPSDD website.

Finally, in addition to public reporting on progress, there has been internal six-monthly reporting on progress in delivering these climate change actions. The aim of this internal reporting is to ensure delivery remains on track and to identify any issues that need to be addressed. The internal reporting may have been the document that Mr Cain referred to, and it was referenced in the Auditor-General’s report.

Chief Psychiatrist—reports and recommendations

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Madam Speaker, I seek your guidance on this one. I took a number of questions on notice from Ms Lee earlier. It is now apparent that the response to a question on notice that she was referring to in her original question was in fact signed by Minister Davidson. I am wondering whether it is possible somehow for Hansard to transfer the questions taken on notice from me to Minister Davidson.

MADAM SPEAKER: I am sure that, between you two colleagues, you can respond to Ms Lee’s questions.

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: Okay; thank you.


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