Lawder fights for public consultation in nature conservation laws

After a long and protracted debate over major changes to nature conservation laws, it’s good to see public consultation will become a theme of the revised legislation, Shadow Minister for Environment Nicole Lawder said today. “The consultation process for the Nature Conservation Bill 2014 was criticised for inadequate engagement with…

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Scrapping periodic detention will pressure prison and community

Changes to ACT sentencing legislation will reduce options for the judiciary and increase pressure on Canberra’s prison and the Canberra community, Shadow Minister for Corrections Andrew Wall said today. “The Crimes (Sentencing) Amendment Bill brought on by ACT Labor and Simon Corbell seeks to remove periodic detention from the suite…

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Canberrans hit hard struggling to pay power bills

A new report shows how Canberrans are struggling to pay their power bills. It demonstrates there are many in the ACT who would be finding it hard to get by in a climate of extremes, Shadow Minister for Housing and Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today. “The Australian…

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Burch needs to follow her arts policy

Joy Burch needs to start managing the arts in the ACT and explain the sector’s goals and achievements stemming from her Arts Policy Framework, Shadow Minister for Arts Brendan Smyth said today. The Arts Policy Framework released in July 2012 states: “The Framework provides a structure within which arts policy…

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Katy Gallagher needs to fix health system or resign

It’s time for Katy Gallagher to resolve the ongoing issues with the Canberra Hospital Maternity unit or step aside as health minister. The ACT Labor government cannot continue to mismanage the ACT health system and the Canberra Hospital any longer, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today. “After eight…

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$2.3 million to support local school facilities

Local schools – Mother Theresa School in Harrison, St Thomas Aquinas Primary School in Charnwood and St Monica’s Primary School in Evatt – will share in a $2.3m Australian Government grant to upgrade and build learning facilities.   The grants, awarded as part of the Capital Grants Programme (CGP), will…

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Doszpot to launch Heartmoves program in Gungahlin

Member for Molonglo Steve Doszpot will kick off the Heartmoves exercise program at the YMCA Gungahlin Leisure Centre tomorrow. Created by the Heart Foundation and powered by YMCA Australia, Heartmoves is a program encouraging people living with a health condition to participate in a safe and effective exercise program that…

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Local arts lets down by Minister who is not up to the job

Two years after the launch of the ACT government’s Arts Policy Framework, Minister Burch has been unable to detail any significant achievements for the Arts in Canberra while she’s also shown her lack of understanding of the portfolio, Shadow Minister for Arts Brendan Smyth said today. “Changes to the Arts…

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