Page 2216 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 9 May 2012

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DR BOURKE: This government remains committed to the aspirational targets, and we remain committed to funding programs that are proven to promote sustainability—

Ms Hunter: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I have asked the minister if we are on track to reach the target and whether there is any evidence—

Mr Corbell: Five seconds.

Ms Hunter: Well, he has already had another question. I asked the minister whether there is any evidence of whether we are on track for the target.

DR BOURKE: As I said, we are already committed to funding programs proven to promote sustainability and cut energy costs within schools. There is a program; it is proceeding.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, are you satisfied that all ACT schools are collecting the appropriate energy consumption data to ensure progress towards the 2017 carbon neutral target?

DR BOURKE: The Australian sustainable schools initiative means that schools regularly do energy waste and water audits on their sites and teachers are actually able then to use the data from their school sites to teach students about becoming environmentally friendly.

MS LE COUTEUR: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, is the target achievable?

DR BOURKE: As I said previously, this government remains committed to the aspirational targets.

University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology

MR DOSZPOT: My question is addressed to the minister for education. Minister, last week in response to a question on the costs of the process of the merger of UC and CIT you suggested that the costs were something less than $60,000. Can you clarify exactly what was included in that $60,000 figure?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. No; they are commercial-in-confidence.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.

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