Page 3000 - Week 07 - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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This is a commitment we made back in late 2009. One service, Gumnut, is in accommodation at Evatt, which the school needs for their increased preschool enrolments for next year. So we made a commitment at the end of 2009 to move Gumnut, and I am very pleased to be able to accommodate them.

Flynn is a significant local building. The school is a significant local building.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Coe. One moment, Ms Burch. Stop the clock, thank you. Mr Coe, whilst I am sure you would argue that was a comment to your own colleagues it was clearly audible right across the chamber. You are very close to a warning. Ms Burch, you have the floor.

MS BURCH: Thank you. The Flynn site is a very significant building to the local community, which is why we are going to great lengths to ensure the heritage integrity of it. We are working with the heritage architect. Along the line, we continue to work with the original architect of the building to make sure that the principles of the original design are held intact.

Energy—solar rebate scheme

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, in your letter of March this year, you stated in relation to the feed-in tariff:

Uptake in each category is tracked closely by the Government on a quarterly basis. Once the caps are about two-thirds taken up, this monitoring (and the publishing of the data to the public) will be undertaken on a monthly or more frequent basis and will be published on the department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water website.

It is worth noting that the amended Act also provides for the transfer of caps between categories, should one or the other be over or under subscribed. This flexibility, along with public tracking of the update, will provide certainty to both industry and consumer participation and cushion the impact of the eventual winding up of the medium and micro elements of the scheme.

Minister, on 1 June, the government announced that ACT government rebates ceased as of midnight the previous day for the micro scheme. Minister, why didn’t you keep your commitments you made in your letter and keep the community informed?

MR CORBELL: The government did do everything it feasibly could to keep the community informed. Of course, what changed during that circumstance, which Mrs Dunne did not allude to, was the federal government’s decision to significantly wind back the level of rebates it made available for the up-front cost of renewable energy generators. We know that the federal government had foreshadowed one winding back of the renewable energy certificates scheme. It changed its mind and announced an additional renewable energy—

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