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who says what to whom in a roundtable. Roundtables are valuable, but the real way to look at policy is through the prism of a committee inquiry, and it shows here today that this government no longer trusts the committee system that it set up.
MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.16): I will speak to the amendment and conclude. I thank Mr Rattenbury for his amendment, which has an eminently sensible suggestion on the way forward, and that is to enable greater consultation with key stakeholder groups. I know firsthand that many community organisations are under a lot of pressure. They do a lot of work with very limited resources, and they try their very hardest to put forward the best possible submissions. Giving them the opportunity to contribute through this roundtable process will enable them to put forward their views, so I think it is a good solution.
Far be it from me to suggest that Mr Rattenbury’s suggestion to go to a roundtable illustrates perhaps his disenchantment with the committee system, but I think what we have here is a tripartisan way to go forward. A roundtable will be of great benefit and comfort to the conservation and environment groups, and we will support the amendment.
Amendment agreed to.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
Executive members business—precedence
Ordered that executive members business be called on forthwith.
Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee
MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (5.18): I move:
(1) this Assembly notes that:
(a) NOAA recorded that the monthly average level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in January 2014 was 398 parts per million, 25% higher than recorded levels in 1959, and that the rate of increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is increasing each year;
(b) according to ice core samples from NOAA, current levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are much higher than the range of 170 to 300 ppm recorded over the past 800 000 years;
(c) the UNFCCC set a global goal to keep concentrations of CO2 under 450 ppm to give us a 50% chance of stabilising the average global temperature at a 2°C increase over the pre-industrial period;