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been on the waiting list for priority housing on average for 238 days or approximately six months, those waiting for high needs housing have been on the waiting list for approximately two years. Standard housing people have been on the waiting list approximately two years and three months. But wait; there is another list. All those people who are moving out of the flats and the properties on Northbourne Avenue will be moved out, most likely ahead of all those people who have been on the list for years, because of other priorities this government has. I am not going to get distracted and talk about them, because what is important here is those people who need the government to focus on supporting them to provide public housing and to make sure—(Time expired.)

Discussion concluded.

Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Health, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Capital Metro) (4.36), in reply: I thank members for their support of this bill this afternoon. There are a number of points worth making about the implementation of the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living) Improvement Act 2012 and this amendment bill today. This bill builds on the success of the EEIS which has operated since January 2013. To date the EEIS has delivered above expected outcomes on each of its objectives. An independent review of the EEIS found that the scheme has encouraged efficient energy use, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced household electricity bills and increased opportunities for priority households. As such, the review determined that there would be significant advantages in continuing the scheme beyond the legislated end date of 2015.

This bill delivers on the recommendations of the review as well as the subsequent stakeholder consultation and analysis. It continues the EEIS through to the year 2020 and provides for a range of minor changes to allow it to continue to maximise the benefits of energy efficiency in the ACT economy.

Continuing the EEIS is also a key element of the government’s climate change strategy. We have world-leading targets to reduce the territory’s greenhouse gas emissions and by the year 2020 we anticipate the ACT will have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent on 1990 levels and by 2060 will achieve carbon neutrality. The government’s climate change strategy AP2 sets out a clear pathway and actions to meet these targets with a focus on a range of measures including energy efficiency.

Extending the EEIS therefore continues to position the ACT as a leader in the clean economy. While science tells us that the need to act on a changing climate and on carbon emissions has never been greater, the ACT is still a leader nationally and, indeed, internationally. We have demonstrated through our renewable energy targets what can be achieved in the transition to a low carbon future and how it can lead to a more diversified ACT economy.

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