School cleaners from migrant backgrounds may lose jobs

Cleaners from migrant backgrounds might lose their jobs because of a government decision to terminate cleaners engaged through small businesses, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall said. The Labor-Greens Government intends to terminate all existing cleaning contracts to directly employ cleaners as ACT public servants, supposedly to improve…

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Real cost of light rail finally revealed

The real cost of the light rail launch party has finally been revealed, and it is much greater than the $100,000 figure the government originally reported, Shadow Transport Minister Candice Burch said. Under questioning by Miss Burch in Estimates hearings today, government officials confirmed the Labor-Greens Government spent $446,000 to…

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Canberra should be open for business

Canberra needs to be open for business. The Government should be encouraging economic development through a competitive tax system, comprehensible planning and timely decision making. At the moment, the lack of certainty in the planning system and out-of-date noise rules creates uncertainty and a lack of confidence, especially in the…

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Even more heavy lifting for Canberra ratepayers

Chief Minister Andrew Barr today confirmed that Canberra households will pay even more in rates every year under a Labor Government, Canberra Liberals Leader Alistair Coe said. “The heavy lifting is not in the past. The heavy lifting now happens every single year,” Mr Coe said. Under questioning from Canberra…

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More action needed to combat elder abuse in Canberra

We need a Territory specific plan to protect elderly Canberrans who are vulnerable to abuse, Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder said. On the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Ms Lawder is calling for localised action to combat the abuse of older people in Canberra. While the ACT…

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Fitzharris needs to reprioritise health

The ACT Labor-Greens Government needs to reprioritise health, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said. “Minister for Health, Meegan Fitzharris, repeatedly assured the community that hospital emergency department waiting times were heading in the right direction when the truth is they have once again hit a new low,” Mrs Dunne said.…

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Gifted and talent students ignored by Labor

Gifted and talented students in ACT schools are being ignored by the Labor Government, Liberal spokesman Mark Parton said. According to evidence provided by the Gifted Families Support Group during Estimates hearings, the government shows little interest in identifying and supporting gifted and talented students in ACT schools. “We cannot…

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Committee report overlooks health and public safety concerns

All the major conclusions of a committee report into personal cannabis use are flawed and should be rejected, committee member Vicki Dunne said. The Standing Committee on Health and Community Services yesterday handed down its report on the Drugs of Dependence (Personal Cannabis Use) Amendment Bill 2018. Mrs Dunne has…

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A Canberra Liberals Government will freeze rates

A Canberra Liberals Government will freeze residential rates in our first Territory Budget, Canberra Liberals Leader Alistair Coe has announced. “No household will pay higher rates in the first term of a Canberra Liberals Government,” Mr Coe said. “Since 2012, the Labor-Greens Government has assured Canberrans that tax reform would…

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