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Rattenbury calls out Simon Corbell on Greenhouse ambition beyond ability

By johnboy - 22 June 2011 0

The Greens’ Shane Rattenbury is hauling Climate Minister Simon Corbell over the coals for not actually doing much to achieve the ACT’s lofty carbon emission goals:

Minister Corbell has today tabled the Government’s timeline for delivering Energy, Climate Change, Waste and Transport strategies. It reveals significant delays in delivering the strategies, most of them deferred until the fourth quarter of 2011.

“Whilst the timelines seems laughable, there is a serious side to this. These reports and strategies are vital if the ACT Government is serious about reaching the 40% by 2020 climate target,” Mr Rattenbury said.

Policy/Plan

Original Timetable

New Timetable

Sustainable Energy Policy

Initial consultation in 2006

Now due fourth quarter of 2011

Weathering the Change (Action Plan 2)

Public consultation was due in the first quarter of 2011

Consultation now set down for 3rd quarter of 2011, seems unlikely the strategy will then be delivered in the fourth quarter

Sustainable Waste Strategy

No Waste strategy reviewed in 2008, No Waste by 2010 strategy now expired

New Waste Strategy now due in fourth quarter 2011, nearly two years after previous one expired

Sustainable Transport Action Plan

Was due May 2010

Now due fourth quarter of 2011

All very droll, but then comes the real insults:

“The ACT Government is playing like Collingwood, leaving everything til the fourth quarter.

“To make matters worse, the Government has included a list of caveats to the indicated delivery dates that would make Sir Humphrey proud. The Minister risks becoming known as Captain Caveat if he operates like this. (The list of caveats is pasted below.)

“This list of caveats is simply a long way of saying that ‘we are not planning on sticking to these timelines anyway’.

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