Page 2022 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 15 May 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members of the opposition! Members of the opposition will come to order.

MR CORBELL: Those opposite will have you believe that the only appropriate course of action is just to continue to rely on fossil fuel generation. Those opposite would have you believe that there should be no view to the future, no commitment to the future, to shift towards a low carbon future. We have seen conservative governments around the country roll back investment in renewable energy generation and give the green light to a continued reliance on fossil fuel generation, even though we know that that will only result in higher costs to consumers and greater levels of pollution.

Mr Hanson: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you stop the clock please, Clerk.

Mr Hanson: On a point of relevance, the question was clearly about the federal Labor government’s changing priorities away from renewable energy, and I would ask him to address that, not coalition policy.

MADAM SPEAKER: Could you address the budget initiative please, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: I cannot address a federal government budget initiative, Madam Speaker, but I was asked about its relevance and whether it would change our position and I am contrasting that with the terrible record of those opposite. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, how much will it cost to displace 90 per cent of the total electricity demand from the NEM with emission-free renewable energy?

MR CORBELL: The government has outlined the costs in action plan 2. I refer Mr Smyth to the modelling that is set out in action plan 2. The figures are publicly available; they have been publicly available now for about nine months and they are clearly set out and the modelling is clearly set out. We anticipate that those costs are both modest and manageable. We know that a 90 per cent target can be achieved by seeing a significant increase in renewable energy generation for the city. I refer Mr Smyth to action plan 2 for the details, which are already a matter of public record.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, when will the government publish its methodology for accounting for renewable energy consumption and when will it commence reporting against this target?

MR CORBELL: We already have a methodology, and the government has already set out how we measure the uptake of renewables as part of our overall climate change strategy. The territory has a policy of accounting not just for its own-source

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