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Clause 9, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 10.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (12.23): I move amendment No 11 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2654].

This amendment removes unnecessary words from clause 10 (1).

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 10, as amended, agreed to.

Proposed new clause 10A.

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (12.24): I move amendment No 11 circulated in my name which inserts a new clause 10A [see schedule 2 at page 2658].

I am, as people probably would be aware, a very keen supporter of the role of annual reports. In this new clause 10A, I am suggesting that a new section of the annual report be included. It means that the chief executive must include an account of the amount of electricity supplied from renewable energy generators for electricity networks during the year. There are a number of other provisions. It is there in front of you. What it does is bring each department and each program that the government runs to account each year and it is an opportunity for members of the Legislative Assembly and the public to find out in closer detail what the government has been doing.

This clause provides a mechanism for reporting on how much energy is being produced as a result of this bill, as well as the rate of progress, the cost of production, the range of benefits and ecological impacts. It also requires reporting towards particular milestones—indeed, those elusive targets—because, without them, there are few performance indicators which would let us know whether or not this bill has been successful. How are we going to know? That is why I have included this amendment and why I think that the annual reports are the obvious place where this information needs to be placed.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.26): I will support this amendment. I support the notion. I know that Dr Foskey is a great one for annual reports and for performance indicators that are meaningful, as am I. But when this bill is passed and when we come back to debate the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions target bill in August, I think we might look at a way of finessing this sort of annual reporting into a larger structure because we will be in fact be reporting about renewable energy.

I do like the point that Dr Foskey wants individual departments to do annual reporting on their achievements, but we also need to have a wider level of reporting. I would welcome amendments from Dr Foskey in relation to the annual report provisions in the bill that was introduced this morning as well, to round it off and to make sure that they all work together.

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