Page 1234 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2012

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(1) Given your statement of June 2011 that the amended Nature Conservation Act would be tabled in the fourth quarter of 2011 and noting that the Government’s 2012 legislation program, tabled in the Assembly on 14 February, referred only to an exposure draft being released, can the Minister advise what the timetable for finalising the legislation is.

(2) Can the Minister advise what the consultation plans and timeline are.

(3) What is the implication of the recent delays for the rest of the timetable.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) An exposure draft for proposed revisions to the Nature Conservation Act 1980 is expected in the first half of 2012. Policy development and drafting of benchmark contemporary legislation is ambitious and complex. Revisions will reflect key policy issues raised during the Review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980, and modernising the legislation to reflect new issues or administrative arrangements that have arisen since the statute was first enacted, including to ensure that the Act is compliant with the ACT’s Human Rights Act 2004. The final timetable will depend upon the level of changes required to the Exposure Draft based on consultation, and other legislative priorities.

(2) Consultation is expected to occur through consideration of the exposure draft legislation in the first half of 2012.

(3) The final timetable for introduction is proposed for the second half 2012.

Environment—renewable energy targets
(Question No 2043)

Mr Rattenbury asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 23 February 2012:

(1) In relation to Disallowable Instrument D12011-81 made under the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010, section 9, Renewable Energy Targets, can the Minister provide a copy of the modelling and/or other data used to determine that a 25% by 2020 target is consistent with (a) peaking per capita emissions by 2013, (b) meeting the 40% emissions reduction target by 2020 and (c) ensuring the ACT is on-track to achieve zero net emissions by 2060.

(2) Can the Minister provide a current breakdown of the ACT’s renewable energy delivery, including (a) from what sources it is derived, (b) how much is coming from local ACT generation and how much from external GreenPower, (c) expected future (2020 and 2050) generation of renewable energy in the ACT, for example, projected GWh of renewable electricity in 2020 and 2050 and (d) expected future uptake of GreenPower, expressed in GWh.

(3) Can the Minister provide a copy of the most current data he has regarding the ACT’s non-renewable, that is, gas and coal-fired electricity, energy consumption breakdown, expressed in GWh.

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