Page 733 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 26 February 2013

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Mr Doszpot: He was the first minister in the country to put in a greenhouse gas strategy—

Ms Gallagher: And then run a mile from it.

MR BARR: And then run a mile from it, indeed. I know that the Canberra Liberals are now running away from their commitments—

Mr Hanson: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: The point of order is on relevance. The question was directly about the cost of this project, not about the ideology resting behind it. I would ask that the minister come to the nub of the question: how much does it cost?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, I was just about to remind you of the provisions of standing order 118(a), that you “shall be concise and directly relevant to the subject matter of the question”. The question was about whether there would be a cost on electricity bills, if I recall correctly.

MR BARR: $13 a year, falling to $9 a year.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, how important is it to invest in these areas of renewable energy for the future?

Mr Hanson: The feed-in tariff went well for you, Mick!

MR BARR: The cheap interjections that come from those opposite do indeed reflect on the clear choices and the distinctions that there are between this side of politics and those opposite. In hearing those sorts of comments and observations, it is amazing to think that it was only—

Ms Gallagher interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister, you are talking over your colleague.

MR BARR: It was only 18 to 24 months ago that we had a debate in this place where a 30 per cent greenhouse reduction target was put forward by the former Leader of the Opposition, the now endorsed candidate for the Senate.

Mr Coe: A slight distinction from the Chief Minister!

MR BARR: Thank you, I will adopt the—

Members interjecting—

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