Page 5687 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 6 December 2011

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If those opposite really had any serious commitment to addressing the issue of affordability they would recognise that this is the mechanism that makes it happen; they would support legislation that drives down the subsidy as the cost of electricity increases. But they are not even prepared to support the legislation on that basis. What do they say they will do? All they are saying they will do is build a large-scale solar power plant capable of powering a substantial proportion of Canberra’s homes. But they have no pricing mechanism in place, they have no legislative response in place and they have no detailed costing in place. All they have is the hypocrisy of saying, “We want to build large-scale solar but we oppose this legislation.” They have no credibility on this issue whatsoever—no credibility whatsoever.

In contrast, ACT Labor is proud to be putting this legislation on the table today. It means the creation of the solar capital in the ACT and I commend the legislation to the Assembly. (Time expired.)

Question put:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 5

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Mr Smyth

Dr Bourke

Ms Hunter

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate (on motion by Mr Rattenbury) adjourned to the next sitting.

Sitting suspended from 12.20 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Hospitals—waiting times

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Health. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report Australian hospital statistics 2010-2011: emergency department care and elective surgery waiting times, the ACT now has the longest emergency department waiting times and the longest elective surgery

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