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In addition, of course, we will see interest from local industry and there will be longer term jobs as companies require people to maintain and support these facilities over a commercial operating life of more than 30 years. The government can also see advantages coming to our educational institutions such as the CIT, the ANU and the University of Canberra. These institutions already offer courses, undertake research and train people in areas such as renewable energy technologies.

The opportunities that come from learning by doing in implementing the solar capital are very significant, and this Labor government is proud to be leading the way.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, what lessons has the government learned from failures in the German scheme which you referred to in your earlier answer?

MR CORBELL: The German scheme is considered to be one of the most successful feed-in tariff schemes in the world. Just in the last quarter, over in Germany, over 3,000 megawatt hours of generating capacity was installed. That is more in a quarter than exists right across Australia right now. We have looked very closely at the implementation of reverse auctions in other jurisdictions around the world. That is why we have chosen the contract for difference model, because it means that you get the largest amount of renewable energy generated for the lowest cost to consumers, and that is a socially equitable thing to do and a very efficient thing to do, to drive the transition to a low carbon economy.

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

Rostered ministers question time

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation


MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what has been the uptake of the MARSS men’s swimming program, which received community funding of $21,480 in the 2011-12 community funding round? Has the program yet started? If so, how many applications were received? How many men have completed the course of lessons?

MR BARR: I advise the member that the program he refers to is actually funded from the health promotion grants program; so in fact it is not within the Tourism, Sport and Recreation portfolio. Nevertheless, I have sought some information for the member. The answer is yes and approximately 40.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, have any of these program graduates been offered an opportunity to complete a first aid course and become AUSTSWIM qualified teachers?

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