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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Cancer patients in ACT worse off

Cancer patients in the ACT are waiting longer to receive life-saving treatment than patients in other jurisdictions, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. According to a new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the ACT is the worst performing jurisdiction for the number of days it takes…

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Low morale plagues prison

Low staff morale at Canberra’s maximum-security prison has led to a staffing crisis with the ACT Government relying on thousands of hours of overtime and improvised lock-ins to keep the prison secure, Shadow Corrections Minister Giulia Jones said. Answers to questions on notice confirm that the Alexander Maconochie Centre is…

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Crises in ACT schools go ignored

Violence in schools, slipping academic outcomes and overcrowded classrooms continue to go overlooked by Education Minister Yvette Berry, acting education spokesman Andrew Wall said. Not only has it taken the ACT Government more than two years to develop The Future of Education Strategy and release the first implementation phase, but…

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