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Schedule 1, part 1.2.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (3.44), by leave: I move amendment Nos 1 and 2 circulated in my name together [see schedule 1 at page 1145].

Thank you, members, for your understanding on this one.

Amendments agreed to.

Schedule 1, part 1.2, as amended, agreed to.

Schedule 1, part 1.3 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Amendment Bill 2009

Debate resumed from 12 February 2009, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.46): We will be supporting the government’s amendment bill in the main, but I will also be tabling amendments, which we will be seeking support for, and we will be supporting a number of the Greens’ amendments which have been foreshadowed.

As I have said in this place before, I am of a generation that does not need convincing on environmental issues. However, the challenge is to find effective, achievable solutions that address the issues in a meaningful way. Using alternative energy is one such way, and that is why we support the government’s efforts.

The government’s amendments do provide a greater clarification of their intentions. We welcome the government’s move to restrict this scheme at this stage to residential buildings and schools and we believe that the cap that is being placed as part of these amendments is important at this time.

Of particular import is the issue of a cap. I understand the Greens intend to move an amendment in relation to the cap that will see the prevention of payments to people who generate more than 30 kilowatts. We believe that the cap both protects consumers and provides an opportunity for us to revisit this legislation in order to consider larger scale energy generation in the future. I agree with the minister that grave consideration needs to be given to the financial implications of allowing medium and large-scale generators to participate in this scheme, and look forward to receiving further information from the government as to how stage 2 will operate.

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