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The Advocate - February 2010

Fri 5 Mar, 2010 Advocacy

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News from our man in Canberra, Dave Peebles

Well, Canberra has returned to normal programming, with the politicians back in town and over-worked public servants and harassed taxi drivers seeking to meet their every need.

GBCA is in the fortunate position of having good relationships with all parties, and to have key people in each party who are passionate about green buildings.

The biggest shake-up in recent weeks has been on the Government side, with energy efficiency moving more explicitly into the centre of Australia's response to climate change.

The catalyst was the fall-out from the home insulation scheme. The Prime Minister shifted responsibilities between Ministers, with the result that Penny Wong became the Minister for Climate Change, Energy Efficiency and Water, and Greg Combet became the Minister for Energy Efficiency.

A dedicated Minister for Energy Efficiency should result in an even greater focus on the importance of greening our buildings.

The Prime Minister is also proposing a standalone Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, with energy efficiency shifting from the Department of Environment. The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency's additional program responsibilities will include the household renewable energy bonus schemes, green loans, green start, solar schools and housing, commercial building and appliance energy efficiency standards.

The Prime Minister said, "This move is designed to achieve the best co-ordination possible in the development and delivery of climate change policies and programs especially in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy."

The GBCA has an excellent relationship with the public servants working on energy efficiency and buildings in both the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the Department of Environment. This relationship will continue, as some of the public servants in the Department of Environment move over to the new Department.

What other exciting developments are just ahead in this action-packed election year?
To be continued...

Last updated Wed 5 Oct 2011