Laws to reward responsible dog owners, discourage dangerous dogs

New dog laws tabled in the Assembly today will incentivise responsible dog ownership and discourage dangerous dog ownership, Shadow Minister for Urban Services Nicole Lawder said. Ms Lawder’s new laws reward responsible dog owners by waiving the dog registration fee if owners and their dogs successfully complete approved dog training.…

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Canberrans continue to face uncertainty over new bus network

Labor’s bus cuts has created uncertainty for Canberra schools and families, Shadow Transport Minister Candice Burch said. Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris’ failure to tell the community when the overhaul of the bus network will take effect is making it difficult for Canberra commuters to plan for next year’s travel needs.…

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Liberals call for more action on action on controlled burns

The government should increase its capacity to conduct controlled burns when the weather conditions are suitable, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services Giulia Jones said. The 2017-18 Bushfire Operations Plan identified 8,259ha for back burning but only 2,004ha, or 24.3 per cent, of the area was completed. This follows only 7…

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Liberals move to censure Health Minister

Today the Canberra Liberals sought leave to censure the Minister for Health and Wellbeing Meegan Fitzharris for her failures in the administration of the Health portfolio. Since the Canberra Liberals issued a want of confidence in the Health Minister in May this year, Canberra’s health system has continued to lurch…

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Gentleman shifts goal posts to hide his own failures

Instead of improving the work conditions for ambulance officers clocking thousands of hours of overtime, Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman will abolish the long standing minimum crewing requirement, Shadow Emergency Services Minister Giulia Jones said. Since 2002, ACT Ambulance Service has operated with a minimum crewing level. In 2013, the…

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Staff in high risk areas need greater support

Staff working in high risk areas need greater support, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. An alarming number of staff in mental health, justice health and drug and alcohol services are experiencing mental stress and taking unplanned leave, according to government figures released under Freedom of Information laws. A report…

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Hospital food in stark contrast to leaders lunch

Food provided to patients pales in comparison to Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris’ generously catered leaders love-in, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. In August this year, Canberra taxpayers forked out $25,000 to pay for 139 ACT Health leaders to meet. Of this, Canberrans were charged $13,600 for a menu which…

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SMART CITY PROJECT TO INCREASE ACT HOUSING CLIENT AUTONOMY

ACT Housing clients will have more autonomy over their housing needs with a new online service to be developed thanks to funding through the Smart Cities Program, Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja announced today. The Federal Government is delivering $668,000 to develop an online service allowing public housing clients…

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LABOR’S BIG HOUSING SLEDGEHAMMER RISKS RECESSION

Bill Shorten and Labor’s Housing Tax policies may cause our thriving economy to trip into a recession, experts have warned. Analysis released yesterday by SQM Research projected that, should Labor implement their risky Housing Tax policy, already falling house prices could tumble by up to a further 7 per cent…

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