BARR’S SCHOOL CLOSURES BITE: SCHOOLS STRUGGLE WITH CAPACITY

Many of the Canberra’s public schools are under enrolment pressure and the ACT government needs to better manage the education system to cope. Unlike Andrew Barr’s decision to close 23 schools in 2006, there should be a proper system in place to manage enrolment subscription and capacity issues, Shadow Minister…

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DON’T CUT CONCESSIONS TO FUND LIGHT RAIL ANDREW BARR

The Barr government needs to guarantee that seniors who are already struggling with cost of living pressures won’t be further impacted by flagged cuts to concessions to fund light rail, Shadow Minister for Ageing Steve Doszpot said today. “Andrew Barr has indicated major cuts to concessions that many seniors in…

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GOVERNMENT NOT WALKING THE WALK TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL SPORT

The Barr government’s spin on the importance of local sport to the health of the community isn’t reflected in its actions towards local sporting clubs and organisations, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation Steve Doszpot said today. “Last week I hosted a forum for Canberra’s local sporting organisations where stakeholders…

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TEACHERS NOT GETTING SUPPORT THEY NEED IN ACT SCHOOLS

Today the report released by Professor Tony Shaddock into students with complex needs and challenging behaviours, paints a worrying picture for Canberra’s schools. Now more than ever, support for teachers should be paramount, Shadow Minister for Education Steve Doszpot said today. “According to the report, nearly 70 percent of teachers…

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DOSZPOT HOLDS FORUM FOR OLDER CANBERRANS

Today, Shadow Minister for Ageing, Steve Doszpot will be holding a forum in conjunction with COTA (Council on the Ageing) ACT to discuss the increasing concerns and challenges of older Canberrans and the ageing population. “The ACT’s senior population is faced with challenges that younger people in the community often…

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Canberra Liberals force government action on dodgy Manuka land swap

After sustained pressure from the Canberra Liberals and the community the Barr government has finally moved to resolve the bungled Manuka land swap saga, Shadow Minister for Education Steve Doszpot said today.  “While the government refused to back the Canberra Liberals’ plan for a resolution, some clarity has been provided…

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