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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2107 ..

coordination group. The bill also updates the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011 to reflect changes to New South Wales council names following recent amalgamations. This of course is a minor but nonetheless important amendment.

I also support the amendments to the Environment Protection Act, the Nature Conservation Act and the Water Resources Act which provide minor and technical changes that will improve the consistency and applicability of the legislation. As Ms Le Couteur indicated, the Greens will be happy to support this bill today.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.54), in reply: I thank members for their input to this debate. I must say though that I am quite exasperated at the comments from Ms Lawder in regard to the work that my office has done with her office in the preparation of this bill. My office has spent a lot of time and effort in providing briefings for Ms Lawder’s office—indeed, numerous pieces of correspondence and phone calls—and I have personally viewed pages of correspondence in regard to this bill that were passed to Ms Lawder’s office in answer to questions that she put forward. To say that requests went unanswered is totally untrue and is offensive to the work that my office has done.

In regard to consultation with other parties, we acted quickly in responding to the North Canberra Community Council and the National Trust. And that is evidenced in the revised explanatory statement which I table now for the Assembly. It is quite distressing, I think, to hear such comments come from the opposition. While I say that, I thank members for their contributions during the debate.

This bill forms part of the government’s ongoing actions to ensure that the territory’s legislation is effective and up to date. The PABELAB process is an efficient method for making minor yet important changes to legislation in the Planning and Land Management, Environment and Heritage, and Climate Change and Sustainability portfolios. This bill makes amendments to the Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act 2010, the Electricity Feed-in (Large-scale Renewable Energy Generation) Act 2011, the Electricity Feed-in (Renewable Energy Premium) Act 2008 and—my favourite one—the Energy Efficiency (Cost of Living Improvement) Act 2012, which all fall within the Climate Change and Sustainability portfolio.

The bill also amends the Environment Protection Act 1997, the Heritage Act 2004, the Nature Conservation Act 2014, the Planning and Development Act 2007, the Public Place Names Act 1989, the Water Resources Act 2007 and the Water Resources Regulation 2007 which fall in my portfolios of Environment and Heritage, and Planning and Land Management. The bill makes two minor policy amendments and a number of technical and editorial amendments.

Today I would like to revisit the two minor policy amendments I discussed during the introduction of the bill and also discuss one of the technical amendments in the bill by way of example. Clause 12 of the bill makes a minor policy amendment to

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