Page 3734 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 26 August 2009

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That Mr Seselja’s amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 6

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Barr

Ms Porter

Mr Coe

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Burch

Mr Doszpot

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Corbell

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Ms Gallagher

Mr Hanson

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendments agreed to.

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo) (4.52), by leave: I move amendments 1 to 7 circulated in my name together [see schedule 2 at page 3776]. These are very minor, technical amendments. What we are talking about is the change of numbering in climate zone terminology. It changes references to the climate zone of the ACT for the purpose of determining renewable energy certificates. Instead of referring to climate zone 7, the amendment changes the bill to refer to the climate zone in which the ACT is located.

This recognises the fact that renewable certificate data has not yet been delivered for climate zone 7 for heat pumps, although I believe it has for solar hot-water systems and has for some time. So this new wording means that the closest climate zone that we have proper data for for the ACT will be the one that is used.

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (4.53): The government will support these amendments. They go some of the way to filling in some of the holes and errors that were contained in the original bill. I suppose, to coin a phrase, Madam Assistant Speaker, they fill in some of the holes in the Swiss cheese. Unfortunately, what we have been left with has been left in the sun a little bit too long and has gone off. It is worth putting on the record that the Greens and the Liberals have now conspired to deliver, dare I say, a very brown bill. It is a step backwards. It will, of course, be noted elsewhere in the country the position that the ACT parliament has taken in relation to the national reforms and that the bill that will pass today is significantly inferior to the national agreement.

Mr Hanson: Write a letter, Andrew.

MR BARR: Indeed, Mr Hanson. Your actions will speak for themselves. I am sure that when word gets out about what has transpired in the Assembly this afternoon, Madam Assistant Speaker—

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): What will be a reflection on a previous vote, Mr Barr, is entirely out of order and you will cease to comment on the subject. Do you want to get back to the subject matter that we are debating?

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