Simon Corbell on 666 this morning responded to a comment by the announcer highlighting that the “no waste by 2010” never happened. Corbell was saying that targets are just something you work towards, and that what counts is the effort and “making some progress”. This was all in the context of Labor’s green energy “plans and programs”. Corbell got terribly excited about the ACT’s track record on recycling …. apparently over 20 years the ACT went from recycling 50 per cent of our HOUSEHOLD waste to 75 per cent. That’s some progress, but as a substitute for “no waste by 2010” – like, business waste, government waste, overall waste – hardly a boast you’d think. Corbell was waffling so hard on “green power” that he lost me, unfortunately. Safe to say, though, that he spoke in terms of plans and aims only. The announcer tried to pin him down on outcomes and rollout: got waffle only in response. Announcer also asked why the government is pretending to aim for green outcomes, while still planning many-lane highways and compulsory extra domestic parking spaces in developments. Corbell’s response: cars are here to stay. It begs the question: why pretend to be a green-friendly government when you’re still running a car agenda? (I have no problem with cars personally; it’s the spin & hypocrisy that I mind).
My takeout from the interview: from Simon Corbell’s own mouth: ACT Labor cynically sets “targets” and knows full well it will only be reporting on “effort” not “outcomes” down the track.