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Joining the team on a consultancy basis will be Professor Will Steffen from the brand new ANU Climate Change Institute, which the ACT government has contributed $2.5 million to the establishment of, and Professor Stephen Dovers, the Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society of the ANU, who will both be engaged in the project.

I must say that it is fantastic, even just in the last two weeks as we turn the first sod for the construction of major extensions to house the Climate Change Institute, that it is already involved in this major and, I think, significant step in the development of a green-tech and clean-tech industry capacity for the Australian Capital Territory.

I look forward to receiving the advice that I know will be sound and coherent and that will allow us to avail ourselves of the skills that we do have available here and the skills requirements of green businesses both locally and nationally as we develop a green industry policy, strategy or framework to allow us to develop a sector that has enormous potential for the Australian Capital Territory.

I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.


Mr Speaker presented the following paper:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General’s Report No 4/2009—Delivery of Ambulance Services to the ACT Community, dated 17 June 2009.

Land rent scheme—government response

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): In accordance with the resolution of the Assembly of 25 February 2009, I present the following paper:

Land Rent Scheme—Information paper, dated June 2009.

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

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: In February this year, as members will recall, a resolution was passed on the land rent scheme calling on the government to again consult with industry groups and community organisations. The consultation was to focus on negative equity and affordability for households. Today I wish, as requested by the Assembly, to update it on this consultation process and the outcomes achieved.

The Consumer Law Centre, the Legal Aid Commission, the ACT Law Society, the MBA, the HIA, ACT Shelter and the Australian Property Institute were all invited to

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