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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) . . Page.. 2779 ..

average household. Of course, the cheapest unit of energy is the one you do not buy. That is a great example of the kind of policies that the Greens strongly support and that this government has been putting in place.

Similarly, there is the ACTsmart program, which provides similar sorts of initiatives for both households and businesses, particularly small businesses. That program, which provides both information and rebates, has been operating successfully for a number of years now, and can result in businesses, small businesses particularly, saving literally thousands of dollars a year on their energy bills, having participated in the program. The feedback on that program is extremely positive, because people understand how successful it is for them. I bring it up today because I want to once again promote it and encourage both households and businesses in the ACT to get involved in these programs, because they offer real and genuine savings. The team are extremely dedicated. They want to help households and businesses to improve their energy efficiency, because they know it can make a real difference not only when it comes to the bottom line, but also, particularly for households, in relation to quality of life in having a warmer, more comfortable home to live in.

As I say, there are many other issues we could debate on this. Mindful of the fact that it is almost the lunch hour, I intend to leave my remarks there. I will canvass the issues of the AMC later this afternoon. The Greens will not be supporting this motion today.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.29 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (2.30): The Attorney-General is absent today as he is unwell. For the benefit of members, Minister Rattenbury will be assisting by taking questions.

Members interjecting

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Okay. You are obviously easily amused today.

Members interjecting

MR BARR: I might have won a bet there, mightn’t I?

MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: That would be unseemly, Chief Minister.

MR BARR: It would be unseemly, Madam Acting Speaker. Minister Rattenbury will be taking questions in all of the attorney’s portfolios.

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