Page 2585 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 2 July 2008

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MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (12.27): The minister will need to investigate and analyse all matters within the scheme annually to determine whether the tariff will require adjusting. Through that process, the minister will have the opportunity to provide the reporting that Dr Foskey has outlined in this amendment.

The purpose of an annual report is not to report on the achievement of a policy but to report on the operations of a particular department and, as such, is not relevant here. Several aspects of the reporting as outlined in Dr Foskey’s amendment, in particular in relation to the renewable energy targets, also fall outside the scope of the relevance to this particular piece of legislation.

I would like to reemphasise the point that this legislation is just one of many actions outlined within the ACT government’s climate change strategy, and to legislate reporting as part of this bill will require reporting on renewable energy targets. The annual cost of renewable energy sources and the ecological effects of the use of renewable energy are such that we find that reporting unnecessary. Furthermore, reporting on the economic, social and environmental benefits of this act also fall outside the objects of the act. As such, the government will not be supporting this amendment.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.28): I would like to make the point that I suppose it would be very difficult for the government to report upon targets because it steadfastly refuses to have any.

Question put:

That proposed new clause 10A be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

Proposed new clause 10A negatived.

Clause 11.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.33 to 2.30 pm.

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