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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4083 ..


The Climate Change Council’s membership requires broader expertise than is currently required by legislation and the government has accepted this recommendation. As an example, the council has not fully harnessed the value of knowledge of the Ngunnawal people—the traditional custodians of this region and its first inhabitants.

The review found that provisions concerning sector agreements have not been used since the act’s establishment in 2010. All recommendations help to encourage their use in the future, if needed.

The recommendations accepted by government will strengthen the effectiveness of the act and ensure that the ACT remains a global leader in addressing climate change. The objects of the act formed the foundations of climate action in 2010 and these objects remain appropriate and necessary for climate action to 2030.

I would like to thank the review leaders and participants. I have outlined the government’s response to the recommendations of the review. It is important that the act remain as effective as possible in the years to come, and I invite the Assembly to view the detail of the review and the government’s response in the attachments that have been tabled today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Light rail fleet—Assembly resolution—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) (3.13): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:

That the Assembly take note of the following paper:

Light rail vehicle fleet—Safety—Response to the resolution of the Assembly of 10 November 2021.

MR STEEL (Murrumbidgee—Minister for Skills, Minister for Transport and City Services and Special Minister of State) (3.13): I rise today to speak to the tabling of the ACT government’s response to the resolution passed on 10 November about Canberra’s light rail vehicle fleet. This motion was passed in the context of issues being identified within the New South Wales government vehicles servicing the inner west light rail line.

I am happy to inform the Assembly that there has been no cracking identified on our light rail vehicles in Canberra. Transport Canberra and the company that manufactures and maintains our vehicles—CAF—have undertaken detailed inspections and these have not identified any current issues with the Canberra fleet.

One of the reasons that we can have a degree of confidence that we will not see the same issues that Sydney is currently experiencing here in the ACT is that the vehicles used on Canberra’s light rail system are not exactly the same as those used in Sydney.


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