Burying academic outcomes puts education at risk

Quality education in ACT public schools is put at risk when the Labor-Greens government buries academic indicators and toys with parental choice, Shadow Education Minister Elizabeth Lee has warned. In 2017 the Auditor-General criticised the government’s failure to effectively use NAPLAN data to improve performance in ACT public schools. Instead…

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Bullying culture could deter interstate health staff

A culture of bullying in the Territory’s infamous health system could deter interstate health staff from working in Canberra, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne has warned. Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris wants to attract more medical practitioners and allied health professionals to ease congested waiting lists, both to see specialists and…

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Decline in ED patients seen is an embarrassment for Labor

In the 17 years that the ACT Labor Party has been in government, there has been a steady decline in the number of emergency department patients seen within the recommended waiting time, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. The AMA’s 2018 Public Hospital Report Card showed only 50 per cent…

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Breaches of the ACT Ministerial Code of Conduct

Chief Minister Andrew Barr may have breached the ACT Ministerial Code of Conduct on at least five instances in the scandalous Dickson deal, Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said today. Ethical principles that may have been breached include: 3 (a) integrity Ministers must not use their position or information…

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Seniors encouraged to get connected to boost wellbeing

Older Canberrans are encouraged to get involved in their local community to help combat loneliness and promote general wellbeing, Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder said today. Ahead of Seniors Week 2018, Ms Lawder is encouraging all Canberrans over the age of 50 to ensure they are plugged in to…

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Dickson land scandal: worse than we thought

Confirmed: * Government paid $3.9 million to the Tradies Club for a building housing the CFMEU HQ * Government rented back the building to the Tradies for $1 per year * Auditor-General said the ACT government “relinquished considerable financial value to the Tradies” * Auditor-General said, “there is also a…

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Adult Mental Health Unit maxed out and understaffed

With the mental health unit at The Canberra Hospital maxed out for the better part of 2016-17, some mental health patients may slip through the cracks, unable to get the treatment they need, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said today. Under questioning from the Opposition, Mental Health Minister Shane Rattenbury…

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Rates petition should be referred to committee for inquiry

A petition with thousands of signatures calling on the Labor-Greens government to reverse its method for calculating rates paid by unit owners should be referred to the Public Accounts Committee for inquiry, Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said today. Mr Coe will today table a petition in the ACT…

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