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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New accountability measure to keep animals safe from squalor, abuse

A new accountability measure proposed by the Canberra Liberals today will help keep more animals safe from squalid, abusive living conditions, Shadow Minister for Urban Services Nicole Lawder said. Ms Lawder was pleased to present the Domestic Animals (Disqualified Keepers Register) Amendment Bill 2019 to the Assembly today. Under the…

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Calls for more transparency of Barr’s harmful tax regime

The Barr Labor-Greens Government should be more open and transparent about harmful increases to rates, taxes, fees and charges, Canberra Liberals Leader Alistair Coe said. The ACT Government received $214 million more in taxes in 2018-19 than the previous financial year. Despite this 13 per cent increase in revenue, services…

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Government inaction puts public safety at risk

The Barr Government’s failure to deliver basic services is putting public safety at risk, Liberal Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder said. Two trees that dropped branches and were blown over recently were reported to the Barr Government at least four months ago through the Fix My Street portal. On April…

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