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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 26 October 2017) . . Page.. 4474 ..

Judicial Commissions Act, pursuant to subsection 61A(5)—ACT Judicial Council—Annual report 2016-17.

Mr Rattenbury presented the following papers:

Utilities (Technical Regulation) Amendment Bill 2017—Revised explanatory statement.

Annual Reports (Government Agencies) Act, pursuant to section 13—Annual report 2016-2017—ACT Human Rights Commission—Corrigendum.

Government—climate change policy status report

Paper and statement by minister

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) (3.29): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Government’s Climate Change Policy—Implementation status report, dated September 2017.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: I am pleased to table the second implementation status report on ACT government climate change policy, action plan 2, prepared by the office of the commissioner for sustainability and the environment. To maintain accountability and transparency, every three years the government invites this independent audit of government action on climate change and presents the findings to the Assembly.

The first implementation status report was tabled at the beginning of 2015 and looked at the progress of actions of action plan 2 between 2012 and 2014. That report presented the government with 15 challenges and opportunities to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation activities. Since that time, I am delighted to advise the Assembly, all the challenges and opportunities to improve have been adopted by government.

Improvements have been made to the way we gather and report on energy use data. For instance, the ACT government now produces an up-to-date inventory report at the end of each calendar year, covering the previous financial year. By doing this, we ensure greater transparency and accountability in emissions reporting and have a substantially better understanding of the immediate effects of mitigation actions on the territory’s emissions and our progress towards the target of 40 per cent emissions reductions by the year 2020.

With the release of the ACT climate change adaptation strategy in 2016, the government can now demonstrate how we are coordinating our actions to help the

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