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issues raised. As for me putting my hands on my ears, it is nonsense, and I will stand by that as nonsense.

Climate change—strategy

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water and concerns action items from the government’s climate change strategy, weathering the change. Minister, it appears that a number of actions have yet to be completed. Action 20, mandate greenhouse friendly options for new dwellings, states that the ACT government will require all new dwellings to incorporate greenhouse-friendly appliances and technologies from a list of options, including solar hot water and gas hot water systems. Minister, has the list been developed? If so, where is the list available? If not, why not, and when will it be completed?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Hunter for the question. The government already mandates a certain level of performance when it comes to hot water systems in new homes, and, in that respect, we have already implemented that measure.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question?

MS HUNTER: Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, has action 17, travelling to work options, been completed? If so, what were the outcomes? Where is it available? If not, why not?

MR CORBELL: Again, the government has funded a range of programs to assist Canberrans with developing more sustainable choices wherever possible when it comes to journeys to work. Programs such as the TravelSmart program and a range of other initiatives have been deployed to assist in implementing that measure that Ms Hunter refers to in the strategy.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what has been done for action 19, pursue energy efficiency ratings for all buildings, specifically the commitment to extend EER disclosures for commercial and rental properties, and does the government remained committed to this?

MR CORBELL: The government remains committed to addressing issues around the energy efficiency of a range of buildings. Of course, I draw Ms Bresnan’s attention to the fact that a range of very significant national developments have now occurred when it comes to the energy efficiency of particular buildings, in particular commercial office buildings, and the mandatory disclosure requirements that the commonwealth has enacted in relation to commercial office buildings. The government obviously has to have regard to changes in policy at a national level that have an impact on these measures, as well as having regard to what is occurring within the ACT’s own jurisdiction.

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