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COAG process, but we are also taking actions of our own, as outlined in the weathering the change document and, of course, in the work of the sustainable futures report through ACTPLA, our broader planning policy as outlined in the territory plan, and, indeed, in the work that we are undertaking now to review the Canberra spatial plan.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, have you assessed whether the framework for the planning-related parts of the national framework for energy efficiency will deliver energy efficiency improvements in time to achieve the ACT’s climate change targets? If so, what has that assessment indicated?

MR BARR: Personally, no, I have not been looking at the detail of that but officers within my department are and will be providing advice to government and to various ACT government agencies. We will, of course, respond to our intergovernmental commitments through COAG and the requirements that we have signed up to there, as well as meeting the targets we have set in the ACT context.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Thank you. Minister, have you now deferred to COAG’s date of 2012 to enact laws ensuring the energy efficiency of replacement hot water systems in existing houses, despite your promise to do this by mid-2010?

MR BARR: Work is progressing in both areas. Members would be aware of some of the decisions I have already taken that we have discussed at some length in this chamber.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, now that ACTPLA is looking after licensing of energy efficiency assessors under the sale of premises act, is the government now enforcing requirements for disclosing energy efficiency ratings for rental housing? If not, what timetable has been set for this?

MR BARR: Indeed, our commitments were outlined in the government’s response on those issues. I will need to take some advice on the implementation of that. It is not something I have in front of me at the moment, nor do I have intimate knowledge of exactly when certain practices commenced. But I am happy to provide that information to Ms Bresnan.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staff

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People and it relates to recruitment of staff at Bimberi. Minister, what are the qualification requirements for youth workers and teaching staff who work at Bimberi?

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