Statement on incident at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre

The Canberra Liberals worry about the safety and welfare of both staff and detainees at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. The ACT Government has serious questions to answer. Concerns about training raised this morning by the CPSU reflect concerns that I have raised over recent years regarding the provision of…

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Patients at increased risk from surgery delays

More patients are at increased risk of harm because of continued delays to elective surgery, Acting Shadow Health Minister Nicole Lawder said. The number of people waiting longer than clinically recommended for elective surgery is expected to soar by 39.2 per cent, according to government documents obtained the Canberra Liberals…

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More support for farming businesses vulnerable to drought

Farming businesses vulnerable to severe drought conditions need more support from the ACT Government, Shadow Minister for Business Andrew Wall said. Last year, the ACT Government agreed to provide 12 months drought assistance to struggling Canberra farmers following a push by the Canberra Liberals. Today in the Assembly, Mr Wall…

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Logjammed DA system hurts growth of Canberra

The Barr Government’s logjammed development assessment system is hurting the growth and prosperity of our City, Shadow Minister for Planning Mark Parton said. An efficient development assessment system plays a vital role in achieving the housing and infrastructure aspirations of the ACT community. But increasing delays to processing development applications…

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Barr must stop ripping off Canberrans

Chief Minister Andrew Barr must stop ripping off Canberrans, Canberra Liberals Leader Alistair Coe said. Today in the ACT Legislative Assembly, Mr Coe will call on the Barr Government to stop its punitive increases to rates, taxes, fees and charges. Since 2012, Labor and the Greens have been deceiving Canberrans…

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Out of touch Minister should apologise for offensive remarks

Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Rachel Stephen-Smith should apologise for her offensive description of policy initiatives endorsed by the ACT Indigenous community, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister James Milligan said. During appropriations debate in the Assembly today, Ms Stephen-Smith ridiculed “18 fuzzy ideas” which were developed with Canberra’s…

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Labor admits inability to deliver weekend bus services

Transport Minister Chris Steel’s decision to cut weekend bus services is a very clear admission that he has been unable to deliver the weekend bus network that was promised to Canberrans, Shadow Transport Minister Candice Burch said. Since the overhaul of the bus network, we have seen hundreds of services…

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ACT businesses should be protected from vegan vandalism

The Labor-Greens Government should protect ACT businesses from vegan vandals and animal activists who incite trespass and illegally storm family farms to threaten and intimidate workers, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall. This week in the Assembly, Mr Wall will call on the Labor-Greens Government to protect animal…

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