Page 5947 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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The genesis of Mr Coe’s changes was the Westminster system as done in the UK. Their system entirely is different to ours. We need to consider just how much of the hybrid we do here with effect to eliciting information and receiving information. If that is the genuine purpose behind it, I am all for having a discussion about it, as are my colleagues. I commend the motion to the chamber.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted for all Members for the period 9 December 2011 to 13 February 2012.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the adjournment debate for this sitting continuing past 30 minutes.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Gas-fired power station

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the ACT government has released a policy document called “Weathering the Change Draft Action Plan 2”. One option for reducing greenhouse gas emissions involves resurrecting the proposal for a gas-fired power station. At the meeting of the Tuggeranong Community Council on Tuesday, 6 December 2011, concerns were expressed about the re-emergence of this issue. Chief Minister, what is the status of any proposal for a gas-fired power station for the ACT and is this project being proposed on or near the site which was originally proposed in Hume, near the Tuggeranong suburbs of Fadden and Macarthur?

MS GALLAGHER: Portfolio responsibility for this issue lies with the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. But, as Mr Seselja will be aware, the government has released a document for community consultation which outlines, from memory, five different pathways for consideration and feedback from the community around ways to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets. It outlines some of the costs and benefits and some quite rigorous analysis around those different pathways. It would be silly for the government to rule out any option or rule in any option at this stage of the discussion. It is out for community consultation.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question.

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