Page 496 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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consume the energy. Globally, cities account for over 50 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and it is incumbent on us to have a strategy and a plan to deliver emissions reductions.

I was in Woolworths the other day and I saw that—

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! Mr Coe has the floor.

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MR COE: As a supplementary, how many regular users of Better Place are there and how many registered electric vehicles are there in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: In relation to registered uses of Better Place, the government is not in a position to provide that data. That is a private contractual arrangement with Better Place and its customers. In relation to the issue of the number of registered electric vehicles in the ACT, I am sure the number is small but I am happy to take the exact number on notice.


MS BERRY: My question is to the minister for education. Can the minister outline changes to the ACT government’s swimming policy?

MS BURCH: I thank the member for the question. I was pleased to release the swimming pool and water park policy at a school swimming carnival at Manuka Pool last week. This new policy has been endorsed by the Royal Life Saving Society. Indeed, I am pleased to have received a letter from the President of the Royal Life Saving Society ACT, the Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, Terence Higgins, which says:

The collaboration between the Directorate and the Society on this policy has resulted in procedures we believe will encourage maximum participation and will give schools clear guidance to ensure the safety of all students. The Society is pleased to endorse the policy and to co-badge the procedures as a collaborative initiative.

The policy has been strengthened to reflect the government’s intent to encourage maximum student participation in aquatic activities. The policy reinstates the option of unstructured aquatic activities at swimming pool or water park aquatic events. The review of the policy was conducted late last year following a near drowning incident at a swimming pool event. When an interim policy was released last year it was clear that further work was needed. I made it clear that this work was to be completed in time for the new school year and that it must have Royal Life Saving Society endorsement.

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