Hanson calls for funding for Waramanga playground

As the Barr Labor government spends hundreds of millions of dollars on light rail for the north, Member for Murrumbidgee Jeremy Hanson is calling for a better deal for Waramanga with funding for long-called for playground facilities which have been ignored for years. “The playgrounds in Waramanga really aren’t servicing…

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Burying academic outcomes puts education at risk

Quality education in ACT public schools is put at risk when the Labor-Greens government buries academic indicators and toys with parental choice, Shadow Education Minister Elizabeth Lee has warned. In 2017 the Auditor-General criticised the government’s failure to effectively use NAPLAN data to improve performance in ACT public schools. Instead…

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Bullying culture could deter interstate health staff

A culture of bullying in the Territory’s infamous health system could deter interstate health staff from working in Canberra, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne has warned. Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris wants to attract more medical practitioners and allied health professionals to ease congested waiting lists, both to see specialists and…

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Decline in ED patients seen is an embarrassment for Labor

In the 17 years that the ACT Labor Party has been in government, there has been a steady decline in the number of emergency department patients seen within the recommended waiting time, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. The AMA’s 2018 Public Hospital Report Card showed only 50 per cent…

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Breaches of the ACT Ministerial Code of Conduct

Chief Minister Andrew Barr may have breached the ACT Ministerial Code of Conduct on at least five instances in the scandalous Dickson deal, Leader of the Opposition Alistair Coe said today. Ethical principles that may have been breached include: 3 (a) integrity Ministers must not use their position or information…

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Seniors encouraged to get connected to boost wellbeing

Older Canberrans are encouraged to get involved in their local community to help combat loneliness and promote general wellbeing, Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder said today. Ahead of Seniors Week 2018, Ms Lawder is encouraging all Canberrans over the age of 50 to ensure they are plugged in to…

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Extent of weekend flooding may have been avoided

Neglect of Canberra’s essential stormwater assets may have exacerbated the damage caused in yesterday’s flood, Shadow Minister for Urban Services Nicole Lawder said today. Last month, the Canberra Liberals raised concerns with the government’s failure to maintain Canberra’s essential stormwater assets following an Auditor-General’s report on the issue. The report,…

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Judge rules the Labor-Greens government ignored process

Chief Justice Helen Murrell has today delivered a stinging rebuke to the Labor-Greens government in a judgement on the Canberra Greyhound Racing Club’s lease. The judge upheld 80 per cent of the Greyhound Club’s complaints on the lack of process surrounding the government’s delaying of a decision to renew the…

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