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This is only one of a suite of actions that the government is implementing as part of its weathering the change strategy. Other examples that are aimed at helping the community to contribute towards reducing the impact of climate change, and indeed ameliorating it, include stamp duty concessions for low emission vehicles, assisting schools to become carbon neutral, free bus travel for bicycle riders using bike racks on buses and our community education program. We also provide a home energy advisory service, which includes energy audits and rebates for energy efficiency improvements.

The full range of actions outlined in the climate change action plan represents a significant program and a commitment by the government to respond and adapt to this challenge. But there is still more work to be done. The prevalence and the impact of a changing and harsher climate become more and more apparent to us every day. The events we have seen in Victoria only reinforce that, with an increasing tendency towards hot, dry summers and the risks that come with them, and equally reduced rainfall.

We know that climate change is a matter we must put more and more energy into. That is this government’s commitment. Its program is well established and will be built on in the coming months and years.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Cultural Facilities Corporation—quarterly report


Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 15(2)—Cultural Facilities Corporation (First quarter 2008-2009: 1 July to 30 September 2008).

Financial Management Act—instrument

Paper and statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Treasurer, Minister for Health, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Women): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 16—Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations from the Chief Minister’s Department to the Department of Justice and Community Safety, including a statement of reasons.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS GALLAGHER: As required by the Financial Management Act 1996, I table an instrument issued under section 16 of the act. Section 16 of the act allows the Treasurer to authorise for a service or a function to be transferred from the entity to

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