Page 4891 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 25 October 2011

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The council will determine its own work priorities and programs, but I anticipate that its first area of focus will be to provide further advice to the government as it finalises action plan 2 of the weathering the change climate change policy. This will be an important piece of advice to the government. The council is also required to report to me about its activities during the financial year, including any advice it gives me or recommendations it makes to me as the minister. That report will be presented to the Assembly along with a response by the government on any advice or recommendations given by the council. This will bring great transparency and openness to the very detailed and expert advice we will receive from these pre-eminent individuals as we work towards implementing the government’s objectives of creating a carbon-neutral city, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and creating the economic opportunity that comes from making that transition to a low carbon future.

DR BOURKE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

DR BOURKE: Yes, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Is the minister able to indicate what links to the community are reflected in the members of the Climate Change Council?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for the question. It is probably worth reiterating that, obviously, but Ms Lynne Harwood and also Ms Maria Efkarpidis bring great connections to the local community, as indeed do the academic members.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR CORBELL: Of course, it is a great pity that those opposite seek to degrade what is really a pre-eminent group of people here in the ACT—a group of individuals who are deeply respected in their relevant fields of expertise. Whether it is people like Professor Will Steffen, one of the leading climate change scientists in the world, whether it is people like Ms Maria Efkarpidis, a leading, innovative, young developer, a young woman developer, here in the ACT, committed to building a sustainable future for her children and her community, or a person like Ms Lynne Harwood, who brings extensive experience in working in the non-government, not-for-profit sector, engaging with people with disabilities, engaging with people who are disadvantaged, engaging with people who are poor and face financial hardship—these are the types of people we need on our Climate Change Council, because the challenge is not just an environmental one; it is a social one and an economic one. The great expertise that we have on this Climate Change Council will be of great benefit to our task and to the challenge ahead.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Rostered ministers question time


Community organisations—insurance

MS LE COUTEUR: Could the minister please provide details of the number of community organisations who have public liability and volunteer insurance policies under

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