Delayed response to safety concerns at Mount Taylor

It will be more than a year since the Legislative Assembly backed my calls for better safety measures at Mount Taylor carpark before we are likely to see any improvements, Liberal Member for Brindabella Mark Parton said. Last year, Mr Parton gained the Assembly’s support to make the government improve…

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Minister Against Gaming and Racing taxes clubs out of existence

Shadow Gaming and Racing Minister Mark Parton is again calling for the Chief Minister to remove Gaming and Racing Minister Gordon Ramsay from any portfolio involving gaming and racing because of his “complete lack of understanding of the space” and his determination to destroy the industry. It comes because of…

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Statement regarding alcohol sales at the ACT Multicultural Festival

After Multicultural Affairs Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith grossly wronged Canberra’s ethnic communities, the government’s repositioning of its alcohol policy at the Multicultural Festival is shamefully overdue. As the Canberra Liberals stated all along, the Labor government’s policy to ban alcohol sales by ethnic stallholders was plain wrong and defied the spirit…

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Labor MLAs should apologise

Chief Minister Andrew Barr needs to bring his Labor colleagues into line, Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing Mark Parton said. In a debate on the community contributions scheme today, two Labor MLAs made wild, inaccurate and offensive claims. Labor Member for Murrumbidgee Bec Cody accused clubs that were opposed…

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Canberra Liberals welcome financial support for local farmers

The Canberra Liberals welcome the ACT government’s response to my calls to provide financial support to help Canberra farmers beat drought conditions. Farms across NSW are being devastated by ongoing drought. Canberra is no different. I know that many local farmers are fighting to keep their livestock and crops alive.…

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Dangerous dog laws put community at risk says ACT judge

The Canberra Liberals will continue to pressure the government to take dangerous dogs off our streets after an ACT Supreme Court Justice questioned why ACT laws permit “residents of Canberra to be put at risk by aggressive dogs owned by others”. Despite dismissing the case of Canberra man who was…

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Current bus ‘consultation’ is not enough

Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris must be more transparent about the government’s new bus network, and allow more time for Canberrans to have an informed say, Shadow Transport Minister Candice Burch said. Miss Burch is calling on the government to release bus timetables and MyWay data so that Canberrans will know…

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Local farmers need drought assistance

Drought assistance should be provided to struggling Canberra farmers immediately, Shadow Minister for Business Andrew Wall said. Mr Wall is calling on the ACT government to support local farmers in the ACT by delivering a drought assistance package which matches the level of support on offer in NSW. “Farms across…

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Minister Gentleman tasks public service with spin doctoring

For more than 100 days, Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman withheld official ambulance data as he directed ACT public servants to spin a negative news story into a positive one, according to documents released under Freedom of Information. The data withheld revealed that 41.5 per cent of ambulance emergency shifts…

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Whistleblower laws need review to protect ACT public servants

Bullying in ACT Health that continues to go unanswered shows why whistleblower laws need to be reviewed and reformed, Shadow Minister for Public Sector Management Candice Burch said. Today in the Legislative Assembly, Ms Burch will call for an ACT Public Service-wide review into the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2012…

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