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I do not think it is the minister’s style to go down this road but it will need some courage on his part to put an end to this sort of nonsense. Rather than attempt to defend it, as is often the case, on this occasion the minister ought to direct his people to use a bit of common sense here and get rid of these offensive websites that they are being told to protect.

The schools’ defence, when you raise it with them, is: “This is what the education department is telling us we should be referring our children to.” And when they cart the kids off on a school excursion they are given these quite offensive stickers—little girls, in this case, who brought them home and talked to their parents about them—then I think that we have a responsibility as legislators to do something about it.

I commend this bill and hope that in due course the government—and I know Mr Seselja is considering the opposition’s position—and the opposition will support this initiative.

Debate (on motion by Mr Barr) adjourned to the next sitting.

Electricity Feed-In (Renewable Energy Premium) Bill 2008

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate resumed from 25 June 2008.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (11.13): It is disappointing that this bill will not be able to be enacted until July 2009. Previously, this bill would have been enacted the day after its notification day. It is disappointing not just for the Greens but for all those people who, in good faith, have been investing in solar panels this year on the understanding that this bill would be passed and enacted in the first half of this year. This is not a small number of people. As members will be aware, the Macquarie SEE-Change group—

Mr Gentleman: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: Dr Foskey is addressing clause 2. I think she means to—

MR SPEAKER: Yes, relevance is a fair point.

DR FOSKEY: I am sorry, Assembly.

Clause 1 agreed to.

Clause 2.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.15): I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2651].

Several of the amendments I am moving today are required to bring this bill into line with the changes to the regulation of electricity by the national energy regulator. Some are to ensure that the model proposed is more clearly defined as a gross model

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