Page 768 - Week 02 - Thursday, 12 February 2009

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I know I do not need leave. It says:

Following my visit, I took some unplanned leave and was, therefore, unable to update Dr Watchirs…

I would like to acknowledge the responsiveness of Mr James Ryan, Executive Director of Corrective Services, when I raised some issues with him on Friday 16 January. I advised Mr Ryan that I had a range of concerns about the extreme temperatures at the BRC and the lack of air flow, particularly for those detainees who are on investigation detention and locked down for 23 hours a day in E Yard. I noted the potential for adverse health outcomes, including dehydration. Mr Ryan listened actively to my concerns and undertook to take immediate action in response to them.

The answer to the first part of Mr Doszpot’s question on human rights is that we have responded to the information from the human rights commission rapidly.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—statements by Attorney-General

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Minister, over the course of this week the Chief Minister apologised to the Assembly for his misleading statements in relation to the AMC. However, you have not apologised to the Assembly or to the broader community for your own misleading statements made publicly in relation to the AMC. Minister, will you now take the opportunity to correct the record and apologise for misleading the community?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I have put it on the public record.

Electricity feed-in scheme

MS BURCH: My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water. Can the minister advise the Assembly on how the government’s feed-in tariff legislation will assist Canberrans in utilising solar technology?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Burch for the question. The amendments to the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act that I tabled today will establish the ACT’s electricity feed-in scheme as the most progressive and generous in the country. The government is committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and our contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.

The introduction of Weathering the change, the ACT’s climate change strategy, was part of that response. That document recognised that Canberrans are amongst the highest per capita emitters of greenhouse gases in the country. Almost 78 per cent of our emissions relate to the use of energy in our homes, offices and businesses. That is why the government is working to help Canberrans to reduce their emissions, and the feed-in scheme is just one part of that undertaking.

Over 520 Canberra householders already contribute clean energy to the grid. While solar energy is a proven technology, it does require further uptake across the community to fully realise its potential as a significant source of clean and renewable

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