Page 2777 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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MR CORBELL: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 3 at page 2784] and table a supplementary explanatory statement to the amendment.

Yesterday the Assembly passed the National Energy Retail Law (ACT) Bill 2012. This law, once it commences, will implement the national energy customer framework in the ACT. The Assembly also passed the National Energy Retail Law (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012, which will make necessary changes to existing ACT legislation to implement this national framework.

As mentioned previously, under NECF the ACT retail energy licensing regime will be transitioned to a national authorisation scheme. This now necessitates some minor amendments to the energy efficiency improvement scheme. These amendments will ensure retailers continue to comply with this scheme under NECF, despite the ceasing of the local licensing regime.

These amendments, which are minor in nature, result in changing references to “retailers” under the Utilities Act, who are defined as suppliers, to “any retailers under the new national energy retail laws”. I have to apologise to the Assembly for omitting and overlooking this amendment when the debate occurred yesterday. I would like to thank members for their consideration on recommitting this stage of the debate.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (6.09): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the importance of:

(a) supporting economic growth and supporting jobs;

(b) providing appropriate settings for private sector investment and innovation;

(c) investing in high quality services for our community whilst undertaking responsible economic management;

(d) investing in productive infrastructure to support economic and population growth; and

(e) undertaking structural tax reform to put the ACT on a more sustainable basis and make our tax system fairer, simpler and more efficient; and

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