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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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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