Page 5162 - Week 12 - Thursday, 27 October 2011

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MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, do you support the message from the Deputy Chief Minister that the community is not suffering cost of living problems, and for those families who are suffering cost of living problems and who do not have Foxtel, what advice do you have for them?

MS GALLAGHER: The deputy did not say that, Mr Speaker.

Climate change—policy

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and is with regard to the government’s policies on climate change. Minister, in June 2011 of this year the government tabled in the Assembly a document that outlined timelines for the delivery of sustainability policies, albeit with a range of caveats that would apply. These policies include the government’s sustainable energy policy and weathering the change action plan 2. Minister, what is the reason that weathering the change action plan 2 has not yet been released for public consultation, despite the government indicating that it would do so in the third quarter of 2011, and when will public consultation commence?

MR CORBELL: I am pleased to say that draft action plan 2 is currently subject to cabinet consideration, so I expect that it will be finalised shortly.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, given that energy efficiency and renewable energy will sit at the core of the government’s sustainable energy policy, why didn’t the government set these long-term strategic targets in this supposedly long-term strategic document, and will they be included in weathering the change action plan 2?

MR CORBELL: I am not permitted to announce government policy during question time, Mr Speaker.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, why has the energy policy failed to link emissions reduction targets to particular sectors as was outlined in the draft energy policy released at the end of 2009, and isn’t this a backward step?

MR CORBELL: No, it is not.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question.

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