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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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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