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That was ACTCOSS’s comment on it. I then take the opportunity to turn to the submission by Care to the same price determination. They make the following observation.
Care has concerns about the high costs of gas pipelines and associated infrastructure as these can potentially end up as ‘stranded assets’. This access period is for five years and gas assets have an approximate fifty year life span: consumers in the future, particularly those on low incomes should not be made to bear the costs of paying for assets that have become unviable.
Members, these are serious suggestions put forward by organisations that I know the rest of you have quoted in this place at times. We need to ask ourselves why we are building this kind of new infrastructure that lasts 50 years when it may not be needed in just five or 10 years time.
I believe the government has a role in addressing this issue and participating in decisions that affect this issue. This is a conversation that we should be focusing the public’s attention on but, unfortunately, today members have chosen to go down the path of derision rather than serious discussion. So often the ideas that the Greens have brought to this place have been mocked. We have been called all sorts of things. And then within a few years these ideas are quietly mainstreamed into the policy platforms of other parties in this place. I am disappointed at the response we have received today but, nonetheless, I trust that members will take the time out of this place to perhaps think about the issue with a little more care.
Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee
MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (5.30): I present the following report:
Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services—Standing Committee—Report 11—Inquiry into Draft Plan of Management for the Albert Hall, dated 17 November 2015, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.
That the report be noted.
This is the 11th report of the Eighth Assembly of the planning, environment and territory and municipal services committee. On 14 August 2014, pursuant to section 325 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Minister for Planning, Mr Gentleman, referred the draft plan of management for the Albert Hall to the standing committee for its consideration and report to the Legislative Assembly. The draft plan of management, drafted by the ACT Property Group and Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, who now manage the hall, outlines