Page 3085 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 16 September 2015

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Mr Hanson: Well played, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Absolutely; that is why I am here.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. It is a pity Mr Hanson was not paying attention to your earlier ruling. Over 550,000 energy-saving items have now been installed in households across the ACT. In fact, over 50,000 Canberra households are now receiving the benefits of the energy efficiency improvement scheme. Around 29 per cent of those households are low income households. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Fitzharris.

MS FITZHARRIS: Minister, can you tell us more about how the government is also assisting businesses in Canberra to reduce their energy use and save money on their utility bills?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Fitzharris for her supplementary. Yes, we are assisting households, we are assisting government agencies and we are also assisting businesses to be more energy efficient—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR CORBELL: and to help them cut their electricity, water and other bills. A total of 338 businesses participated in the government’s ACTSmart business, energy and water program up to the end of the last financial, with 159 of them claiming a rebate under the scheme. On average, those businesses achieved a saving off their electricity bill of $2½ thousand a year.

I would have thought that the party of small business might have been interested in a scheme that saves small businesses, on average, $2½ thousand each and every year off their energy bill. Clearly they have got no idea. Many of these upgrades have been achieved through energy efficient lighting.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, come to order.

MR CORBELL: Indeed, some businesses have cut their electricity bills by over 80 per cent thanks to this Labor government program. The estimated lifetime savings from the upgrades since the program commenced are 16,000 kilowatt hours—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR CORBELL: which is the equivalent—

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