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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Fitzharris must account for inefficient health spending

Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris must explain why her government is incapable of running a well-oiled health system, despite having plenty of resources to do so, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. According to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report, the Canberra Hospital is the most expensive and the…

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Police Minister must explain slow response to vandalism attack

Police Minister Mick Gentleman must explain why it has taken almost six months to respond to a vandalism attack of a community group, Shadow Police Minister Giulia Jones said. Authorities issued a slow and inappropriate response to the vandalism attack by releasing pixelated images of the suspected vandals six months…

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Children exposed to violence at Bimberi

The Charter of Rights for Young People in Bimberi is failing to keep kids safe from violence, Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert said. Since Youth Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith introduced the Charter in answer to serious allegations of systemic violence, the number of assaults have tripled…

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Liberals’ land transparency laws passed

The Canberra Liberals’ transparency laws were passed in the ACT Legislative Assembly today. Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe introduced laws to force the government to publicly release records on land deals during the first sitting week of 2018. After extensive discussions, Mr Coe introduced the Government Agencies (Land Acquisition…

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We need more transparency of the mental health system

Critical failures in the Territory’s mental health system, such as assaults against staff, chronic staff shortages, suicides and attempted suicides require more transparency of the system, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. Mrs Dunne will call on Mental Health Minister Shane Rattenbury to be more transparent about his government’s plans…

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Commercial rates hurting Canberra’s businesses

All modelling on the impact of commercial rates rises should be made publicly available, Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said. Mr Coe will today call on the government to table the commercial rates modelling and the Revenue Office’s methodology and schedule for revaluing commercial land by the last sitting…

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Drone trial deserves scrutiny

Member for Brindabella and Shadow Minister for Business Andrew Wall will today call on ACT Assembly members to support his motion to refer drone delivery services to the ACT Assembly’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee. Issues arising from the trial of the drone delivery services in Bonython and other related…

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Canberra teachers deserve an apology from ACT government

On behalf of the ACT government, Education Minister Yvette Berry should apologise to teachers for failing to keep them safe from violent assaults at work, Shadow Education Minister Elizabeth Lee said. Following a two year investigation into violence against teachers in ACT schools, WorkSafe ACT found that the ACT government…

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