Page 586 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 22 February 2012

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I also think that there is no reason to believe that waste generation per capita will keep going up. The government’s own waste strategy says that they hope the rate of growth of waste generation will be less than the rate of population growth. But the Hyder report models it the other way around. You require that modelling of waste generation going up per capita to come to the conclusion that the Hyder report has come to, that by 2035 the dirty MRF is the best solution.

We think that what the government are saying in their actual strategy—that waste generation could possibly go down—hopefully is a realistic outcome. Therefore, the dirty MRF is not the environmental winner that the government is selling it as. I do acknowledge that the dirty MRF would probably be a better option than the current situation, except insofar as putting the capital in for a dirty MRF will commit the ACT to waste generation for a long time because if we do not keep generating a lot of waste you cannot run a dirty MRF in any way cost effectively.

That is one of the Greens’ major problems with a dirty MRF. It commits us to not improving our waste situation. It commits us to not reducing waste. It commits us to not actually doing source separation. For these reasons, the Greens support Mr Coe’s amendment and I commend the motion, as amended, to the Assembly.

Question put:

That Mr Coe’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 10

Noes 7

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Le Couteur

Dr Bourke

Ms Porter

Mr Doszpot

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Burch

Mrs Dunne

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Mr Hanson

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Tuggeranong Community Council

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.51): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) decries the attack on:

(a) members of the Tuggeranong Community Council by John Hargreaves, in the Legislative Assembly on 15 February 2012;

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