Spend Less, Get Less: Child Protection in Parlous State

The ACT Labor government is continuing to allow the territory’s child protection services to flounder as the latest Report on Government Services shows less is being spent in the ACT than other jurisdictions and outcomes are worse, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today. “It’s a…

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Report Shows Housing Still Failing

The Report on Government Services focusing on housing and homelessness has found the ACT is still behind other jurisdictions, while more people still aren’t getting their needs met in housing, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today. “According to the review the proportion of people experiencing…

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Paying The Most But Getting The Least

A new report shows key performance indicators in the ACT health system including patient satisfaction in emergency departments are the lowest in the country while the cost of serving patients in our EDs is more than three times higher than in NSW. Hospital infection rates are also deteriorating in the…

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Prisoner Costs: More Expensive Than Five Star Hotel

The Productivity Commission Report on Government Services indicates that it costs the ACT $170,000 per prisoner per year, or $465 per day to house a prisoner. This is an appalling figure and equates to the nightly rate at a five star Canberra hotel, Shadow Minister for Corrections Andrew Wall said…

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Hanson Welcomes ActewAGL Backflip

With Canberra experiencing the early stages of another heatwave, the decision by ActewAGL to cancel power interruptions in several suburbs is common sense. Having called for ActewAGL not to cut power to suburbs during the last stretch of extreme heat days, the decision is welcome, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy…

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Cosgrove: Good Choice For High Office: Hanson

Former Defence Force chief Peter Cosgrove has demonstrated exceptional commitment to Australia and will continue to do so as our next Governor-General, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today. “It’s terrific to hear of General Cosgrove’s appointment to the high office of Governor-General. I’m confident he will carry out…

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Lawder Seeks Awareness for Breast Screening

Today, Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder will undergo a mammogram to encourage more Canberra women over the age of 40 to get their breasts checked and provide early detection of breast cancer. Ms Lawder will take advantage of the free mammograms for women over the age of 40 conducted by…

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Government Must Clean Up Illegal Stamp Duty Debacle

The ACT Labor government must take every possible step to make sure homeowners are fully compensated after accepting that some of its stamp duty claims were illegal. The government must also rule out introducing retrospective legislation to avoid paying the stamp duty back to affected homeowners, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth…

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ACT Labor’s Inaction Hurts Economy Again

The latest State of the States report released today by CommSec has highlighted the slipping state of the ACT economy and demonstrates ACT Labor’s irresponsible economic management over the past 11 years, Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth said today. “Today’s report shows the ACT is missing out on essential business investment…

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Wall Supports Local Lions Club ‘Recycle for Sight 2014’

Canberrans are being called on to donate their old glasses and improve the sight of visually impaired people in the poorer communities of Asia, Africa and the Pacific, Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall said today. “The Lions club of Kambah is inviting individuals and families from Tuggeranong and around Canberra…

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