Page 1103 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 28 March 2017

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In closing, I would like to stress that the management of the lower Cotter catchment is very much a work in progress. Our responsibilities do not conclude as we action each of the Auditor-General’s recommendations. The nature of land management is that of an ongoing process. I feel confident, however, that the recommendations of the audit have begun to translate to a positive response on the ground.

In tabling the progress report, I am reassured that this government has a strong plan to ensure the ongoing recovery of the lower Cotter catchment. I present the following papers:

Auditor-General’s Report No 3/2015—Restoration of the Lower Cotter Catchment—

Progress report on the implementation of the recommendations—Ministerial statement, 28 March 2017.

Progress Report, dated February 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Climate action round table

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Minister for Corrections and Minister for Mental Health) (10.32): Today I am pleased to update the Assembly on the work that is progressing through the climate action round table. This is a forum of Australian states, territories and major cities who want to prioritise action on climate change. There is a significant opportunity for Australian subnational governments to share knowledge, address common challenges and work together on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Australia is a signatory to the Paris agreement, with a target of carbon neutrality by 2050. At Paris the role of subnational jurisdictions and cities in reducing emissions is well recognised. In the absence of a clear, progressive and ambitious policy agenda by the Australian government, leadership from jurisdictions like ours will only become more important.

In August 2016 the ACT convened the first climate action round table to lead subnational government action. Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT have so far committed to the round table at a ministerial level. The inaugural meeting also welcomed representatives from New South Wales, Tasmania and a number of Australian capital cities.

I attended the most recent climate action round table in Cairns in February. The membership grew to include a representative from the Northern Territory and several

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