Prison review exposes Rattenbury’s incompetence

A damning review of Canberra’s maximum-security prison has exposed the incompetence of Andrew Barr’s Corrections Minister Shane Rattenbury, Shadow Minister for Corrections Giulia Jones said. The Inspector of Correctional Services’ Healthy Prisons Review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre 2019 identified 100 serious systemic failures compromising prison security and rehabilitation. “Mr…

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Barr throws Tuggeranong into the firing line

Andrew Barr’s distracted and ego-driven government has left Canberra’s forgotten south at the mercy of violent criminals, Liberal Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder said. “The Barr Government has thrown Tuggeranong residents into the firing line,” Ms Lawder said. “The Government has forgotten Tuggeranong. They’ve drained the south of resources, infrastructure…

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Aussie Farms lose charitable status

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission yesterday announced law-breaking group Aussie Farms have had their charitable status stripped following an investigation. Assistant Minister for Finance, Charites and Electoral Matters yesterday welcomed the decision of the Commissioner. “The Government recognises the special place that charities occupy in Australia, and it is…

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Secure mental health facility maxed out

A detainee at Canberra’s maximum-security prison has waited more than 130 days for a rehabilitation bed at Dhulwa’s secure mental health facility, according to a ministerial advisory note. “The last thing inmates need is to wait for mental health treatment, especially coming on top of being denied healthcare in the…

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Barr abandons police on the frontline

The Barr Labor-Greens Government has abandoned our police on the frontline, Shadow Minister for Police Giulia Jones said. The ACT has the lowest number of police per capita and the lowest police funding per capita in Australia. “Canberra is growing, but our police force isn’t,” Mrs Jones said. “Instead, our…

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Gungahlin residents fearful of increasing crime

Hundreds of residents are fearful of increasing crime in Gungahlin, Liberal Member for Yerrabi James Milligan said. The Canberra Liberals have been contacted by hundreds of residents in Gungahlin who are concerned at the rate of crime in their suburbs. Residents are reporting assaults, car thefts, slashed tyres, burglaries, drug-related…

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Barr Government leaves Tuggeranong in the dark

The Barr Labor-Greens Government does not know how to change streetlight globes at major roundabouts in Tuggeranong. The revelation was confirmed in an annual report hearing today when Liberal Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder questioned Roads Minister Chris Steel on why some streetlights in Tuggeranong had not been replaced for…

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Kikkert calls for answers on Bimberi

The Barr Government must address problems still alleged to be plaguing Bimberi Youth Justice Centre, Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert said. “It has come to my attention that conditions inside Bimberi have not returned to normal since the riot that occurred there seven weeks ago…

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Greater protections for nurses, doctors, health staff attacked on the job

Shadow Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections Giulia Jones was pleased to present much-needed reforms to the Assembly today. The Crimes (Offences Against Frontline Community Service Providers) Amendment Bill 2019 provides greater protections for frontline workers, including nurses, doctors and health staff. “Labor doesn’t have a plan to keep…

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