2016 ACT Election - Party Response Table - Complete Responses

Appendix: Full party responses.

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QUESTIONS TO ACT ELECTION 2016 CANDIDATES

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

 

ANSWERS FROM PARTIES (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) 

 

ACT Greens

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

Yes. The Greens strongly believe in the good work that EDOs do here in the ACT and around Australia. It was disappointing but unsurprising when the Abbott Government moved against Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in the 2013 budget as part of a systematic program to weaken the community sector.

When it became clear that ACT Labor Attorney General Simon Corbell was not going to step in and support the CLCs and EDOs in the face of the Liberal cuts, the Greens wrote to him seeking his agreement to bring an urgent funding proposal to budget cabinet to support the EDO ACT. Unfortunately, he refused the request and the ACT Government did not step up to support the EDO ACT. This important community resource is now facing closure.

That’s why the ACT Greens have committed to $3 million in funding to a range of essential community legal centres, including $140,000 per annum to the Environmental Defenders’ Office ACT.      

 

2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

Yes, we believe the ACT Environmental Handbook is a valuable publication for the community - and we also have it on our own bookshelf!

 

3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

The ACT Greens support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority that is sufficiently resourced to monitor and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

 

4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

At this election, the ACT Greens are campaigning for Canberra to have the most ambitious climate and environment plan in the ACT's history. The ACT Greens are strongly committed to achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2020, and achieving a carbon neutral Canberra with zero net emissions by 2030. Ecological sustainability is, and will always remain, the first of the Greens’ four philosophical pillars.

While the ACT’s clean energy targets are leading the nation, to achieve zero net emissions by 2030 we must shift away from using gas to heat our homes and hot water as we build new suburbs. The burning of gas contributes 376,000 tonnes of CO2, and is the third largest contributor of emissions. Gas emissions also increased by almost 7% between 2014 and 2015.

The ACT Greens are committed to stopping the rollout of expensive new gas infrastructure in all new suburbs, and transitioning away from existing gas infrastructure. We will do this by:

  • removing all ACT Government incentives that encourage householders to install gas appliances (for example, through the EEIS and wood heater replacement program);
  • changing the Building Code of Australia requirements to prohibit gas hot water services in new houses;
  • providing a 20% rebate on up to $10,000 spent upgrading gas appliances to energy-efficient electric appliances, such as split system heating systems and efficient hot water systems (solar or heat pump); and
  • for low-income households, replacing gas heating appliances with energy efficient electric heating.

 

5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

The Greens support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. In many instances we believe that it is advantageous for the ACT to set and report against more specific, and sometimes more ambitious targets than those in the SDG. As an example, the SDG’s goal 13 (climate change) targets are fairly generic, whereas in the ACT we plan to have 100% renewable energy by 2020 and zero net emissions by 2030.

 

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Yes. Canberrans are proud of our beautiful bush capital. As our city grows, we must protect our environment and provide opportunities for everyone to connect with Canberra’s beautiful natural places.

That’s why the ACT Greens have just announced:

  • an additional investment of $16.8 million over the next term of government to plant 7,000 new trees each year,
  • the construction and maintenance of wetlands along key water sources to reduce runoff and improve water quality,
  • additional resources for strategic conservation planning,
  • the employment of new eco-tourism managers and community rangers, and
  • the establishment of an Office for Water.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact the Greens. Should you have any additional questions about our policies or positions, the ACT Greens policy platform and election announcements can be found here: www.actgreens.org.au/policies.

 

Animal Justice Party

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

Yes. The Animal Justice Party believes it vital for an independent organisation to protect public interest in these issues.

 

2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

Yes. The Animal Justice Party believes more than ever such proper monitoring is important.

 

3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

Yes, and we wish this to be extended to oversee the environmental impact upon animals in the ACT.

 

4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

The Animal Justice Party is strongly committed to a genuine Bush capital which impacts upon suburban and social planning policies and their practical implementation and the very nature of the local economy in which business must comply with new directions to act in line with a climate sensitive economy.

 

5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

Yes

 

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

We have a Platform which outlines our policy.

 

ACT Labor 

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

I  note that it was the Liberal Commonwealth Government who cut national EDO funding by $10 million from 1 July 2014. This resulted in no funding from the Commonwealth to the EDO from this time — a fact that has required EDOs around the country to approach State and Territory governments for funding.

You would be aware that the ACT has previously provided the following support to the EDO:

·       $12,000 in June 2015 to produce the ACT Environmental Handbook;

·       In 2015-2016 a grant for almost $20,000 from the ACT Law Society’s Interest Account; and

·       Posting the EDO’s ACT Environment Law Handbook to 23 Government entities in April 2016.

As you are now aware, a re-elected a Labor Government will provide funding for the Environment Defenders Office. ACT Labor is stepping in where the Liberal Commonwealth Government has cut, and the Canberra Liberals have refused to step in with their federal colleagues.

ACT Labor will fund the EDO two years at $140k/yr indexed. It is important to note that we can’t step in and fill all Federal funding cuts — but we have taken action in your case because ACT Labor believes that the EDO is an important advocacy service that must be able to continue.

            

2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

No response

 

3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

No response

 

4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

ACT Labor is fully committed to delivering on our renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Following a Commitment in 2015 that Labor would raise the renewable energy target to 100% by 2025 — in May this year, the ACT Government increased our renewable energy target to 100% by 2020.

We also brought forward the date at which the ACT is due to be carbon neutral from 2060 to 2050. I am also pleased to inform you that ACT Labor is committed to setting interim targets within the first 100 days of government, and will sign the ’Under2MOU’, an ambitious project being led by California.

And the Territory has every reason to be fully confident that it will meet these targets. The ACT Labor Government has backed the targets with a legislated feed in tariff and an innovative reverse auction process that provides investment certainty for developers and financiers.

 

5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

The ACT has considered measuring itself against the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and has recently met with Global Goals Australia Campaign representatives.

While we recognise the importance of their goals, targets and indicators for UN members to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years, the ACT is already tracking extremely well against most of the goals. Some of goals, such as indicators like access to clean water and poverty rates, are more relevant to less developed jurisdictions.

The ACT has been punching above its weight in climate change and renewable energy policy. Our success in implementation has helped shaped the national agenda, and unlike others, our targets are not just an aspiration. They will be met — and they will be met at a reasonable cost which is accepted by our engaged community.

ACT Labor has proven track record on delivering real action as far as the environment is concerned and we will continue to engage with the community and key stakeholders, such as the EDO on the pathway to net zero emissions.

 

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

No response

 

Australian Sex Party (ACT) 

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

The Australian Sex Party, as a minor party, believes firmly in holding governments to account. We rely on groups like EDO ACT to provide expertise and independent perspectives. The Party also supports science and evidence-based policy-making, and understand that EDO ACT shares that view.

The Party’s focus is on giving voice to those without voice or who are marginalised, and this extends to the territory’s voiceless natural environment. We will support the ACT Government contributing $140K of indexed recurrent funding for EDO ACT.

 

2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

 Yes.

 

3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

The Australian Sex Party (ACT Branch) supports the need for effective, reliable and independent compliance monitoring of ACT environmental protection laws, and is open-minded about institutional arrangements to achieve that outcome.

 

4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

The Australian Sex Party (ACT Branch) will vote to uphold the ACT’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target. Already, the government has put in place initiatives to address renewable electricity production needs, and the Party is committed to doing more to promote active and public transport choices to address, among other imperatives, fossil fuel use in transport. The Party will also support initiatives to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, including e-bikes and electric cars.

 

5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

The Australian Sex Party (ACT Branch) supports the ACT Government setting whole-of-government Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that target sensible and cost-effective outcomes. These should be developed in consultation with the territory's business and research community with an eye for stimulating and trailing innovative sustainability solutions that can be marketed elsewhere.

 

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

The Australian Sex Party has strong environmental credentials and has a track record of working effectively with the government of the day to achieve outcomes that have challenged governments previously, such as end-of-life choices and drug law reform. We will continue this approach with environmental matters. Our modus operandi is to avoid reliance on burdensome regulatory measures. Instead, we see possibility in partnering with researchers, businesses and the community to incentivise the creation and uptake of novel approaches to addressing environmental and sustainability challenges.

 

The ACT is lucky to have rich veins of the natural environment entwined throughout its suburbs. It is fortunate to have biodiversity hotspots such as the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, numerous urban reserves and Namadgi National Park within its borders. The Australian Sex Party (ACT Branch) recognises the value of these natural assets and will defend and uphold them.

 

Canberra Community Voters

 

No response

 

Canberra Liberal Party 

 

No response

 

Community Alliance Party

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

YES

                                                                                                                                                                                                

2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

YES

 

3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

YES

 

4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

The Community Alliance Party will work with the community, business, and governments to develop a long-term vision for a genuinely sustainable ACT. We must develop the capability to respond effectively to the challenges of a changing and increasingly variable climate. 

Currently, the ACT environment is in reasonably good condition, with relatively clean air and water and large areas of national park.  But recent ACT governments have been too slow to take responsible action on issues such as climate change. They have neglected social, economic and environmental sustainability by allowing ad hoc developments, transport policies and practices that maximise profits and convenience at the expense of the environment. 

  • Climate change
    • The impacts of climate change and climate variability are already noticeable. The Alliance will work with communities, scientists, businesses, and others to achieve the goal of creating a carbon neutral ACT economy by 2050, or sooner if possible.
    • The Alliance will urgently implement measures to significantly reduce energy use and aims to achieve 100% renewable energy in the ACT by 2020.
    • The Alliance supports investment in local business to help strengthen the ACT economy by taking a leading role in the development of sustainable industries.
    • The Alliance will work with communities to identify and implement ways of reducing the ACT’s ecological footprint, thereby helping to build a genuinely sustainable community in the ACT in partnership with the wider Australian community.
    • The Alliance supports the introduction of national ecological footprint labelling to show how much greenhouse gases are emitted during the manufacture, distribution, and disposal of food, detergents, electrical appliances and other products.
    • All new housing—in new developments and redevelopments—and government facilities must meet stringent design standards of resource efficiency, and public housing stock should be progressively retro-fitted or replaced to meet such standards. The Alliance will assist private home-owners to install insulation, double glazing, solar energy, and other environmentally friendly technologies.
    • The Alliance supports purchasing electric vehicles for government use.
    • The Alliance supports the re-use, recycling, and ‘no waste’ of resources in the ACT, with the aim of minimising the total waste stream.
    • The Alliance believes that the ACT’s planning and development should be sustainable in the long term, taking proper account of environmental, social and economic objectives.
    • The Alliance will call for an independent inquiry into preventative fire management and its effects on biodiversity, water quality and fire fighting, particularly since severe bushfires are likely to occur more often as a result of climate change. This will use the results from past inquiries as a starting point.
    • Monitoring regimes for environmental values will be improved where required to enable an accurate assessment and improved understanding of the environment.
    • The Alliance will commission an independent, open and transparent appraisal of water supply and water demand management options for the ACT.
    • The Alliance recognises the value of the ACT’s biodiversity in the context of the wider Australian Capital Region and the special role the ACT has in conserving important species and ecological communities. Nature reserves, national parks and wildlife corridors will be protected.
    • The Alliance will improve the control of noxious plants and feral animals in the ACT, e.g. Blackberry, Patterson’s Curse, Foxes, and Indian Mynah birds, but rejects the culling of indigenous species such as kangaroos.
  • Resource use
  • Research
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Education - The Alliance supports environmental education for all age groups.

 

5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

YES

 

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

We are always happy to engage in further dialogue to improve our environmental policies based on the advice of experts in our community.

 

Liberal Democrat Party 

 

No response

 

Like Canberra

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

Yes

 
2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

Yes

 
3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

Yes

 
4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

If elected Like Canberra will do everything we can to make sure this target is reached

 
5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

Yes

 
6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Could you please include hello@likecanberra.com on your email distribution list?  Also it would only be fair and transparent to see a copy of what you provide your members and supporters in terms of our answers and other parties’ answers to your questions.

 

Sustainable Australia

1. Will you support the ACT Government contributing $140k recurrent annual (+CPI) funding to the ACT EDO to allow it to continue to provide community access to justice and help protect the local environment in the public interest?

Yes

                                                                                                                                                                                                
2. Will you support the ongoing public availability and regular revision of the ACT Environmental Handbook to ensure the public access to information about their rights and responsibilities under ACT environment laws?

Yes

 
3. Will you support an independent ACT Environment Protection Authority with the powers and resources needed to properly monitor compliance with, and enforce ACT environmental protection laws.

Yes

 
4. How will your party deliver on the ACT Climate Change Act’s 2020 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets and renewable energy target?

Sustainable Australia (ACT) supports the aim for 100% renewable energy in the ACT by 2020. This must be tackled holistically. We not only support the actions taken by the current ACT government, we have a number of other policies and believe we should use all of the tools in the ‘climate toolkit’ in order to achieve this outcome asap.

Please see our federal party’s ENERGY and CLIMATE policies:

http://www.votesustainable.org.au/policies

 

5. Will you support the ACT Government setting whole-of-government targets to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and to deliver to the ACT Legislative Assembly an annual report on progress towards implementing the SDGs?

Yes

 

6. Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Established in 2010 from the political centre, Sustainable Australia is a federally registered party. In 2016 we also registered in the ACT for the 15 October ACT election.

We aim to secure an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia.

ACT campaign priorities are as follows:

·         Save Canberra from overdevelopment

·         Lower rates

·         Protect our trees

But we don't just focus on overdevelopment, rates and trees!

We have released a range of ACT-specific policies including Economy & Jobs, Energy, Environment, Gambling, Housing, Planning, Public Service, Rates, Community Councils...

Our comprehensive policy platform is outlined on our website:

www.VoteSustainable.org.au/act

 

Vote Canberra 

 

No response 

 

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