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Budget Briefing - Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters

When:  8 pm, Tuesday 26 May 2015

Where: Webinar - at home via your computer

The government's second budget looks fairly benign compared with the first. But is it?  Scott and Larissa will deconstruct Budget 2015 and discuss the Greens different path to the future.

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Cost is $6 and we'll send the login details on the day.

 

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National Sorry Day Bridge Walk - Friday 22 May

The Commonwealth Avenue Bridge walk starts at`10.45am from Regatta Point

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When: 12:30pm-1:15pm, Friday 22 May
Where: CommBank branch at the Cnr Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit, Civic
What: The procession will feature a coffin of coal to symbolise this dead investment. With musical accompaniment we will travel from the Northbourne CommBank, through Civic, to the Ainslie Avenue CommBank. 
 
 

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CYA CBA!

When: 11am-12pm, Saturday 23 May

Where: Belconnen CommBank -- meet Margaret Timpson Park: Cnr Benjamin Way and Chandler St, Belconnen

What: People closing accounts with CommBank, powerful speeches, creative banner and photos, hopefully media coverage

Who should come: CommBank customers and all supporters of the campaign – there’ll be something for everyone

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Trivia night to raise funds for Orangutan conservation

Have a fun night out with a chance to win terrific prizes while helping to save orangutans from extinction. 6pm, 13 June at Eastlake Football Club, Griffith. Tables of 10 people (organise a team or we can add you to a table). $25 per person. There will be a raffle, games, silent auction, Orangutan merchandise for sale and Orangutan adoptions. Jungle attire encouraged. Bookings at www.orangutan.org.au (select "upcoming events"). No tickets at door. Proceeds go to The Orangutan Project. Tickets are selling fast!

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Rattenbury pays tribute to outgoing Greens leader

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, has paid tribute to outgoing Federal Greens Leader, Christine Milne, following her address to the Press Club today.

 “Senator Milne is one of the sharpest minds in federal politics, with great intellect and personal integrity,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “She has led the party through periods of growth and consolidation that has strengthened the Greens nationally.

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Moving APS staff to airport would be bad for Canberra

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, says that reports that 5500 Immigration and Customs staff might be moved from Belconnen to the Brindabella Business Park is evidence of the Federal Government’s disregard for its public servants and shows a lack of understanding of the Canberra community.

 “A move like this would isolate a huge number of Canberrans, moving them away from good public transport options and retail facilities,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “Removing 5500 staff from the area would be a significant blow to the Belconnen community, with these discussions are already causing a great deal of anxiety for businesses.

 “Belconnen is well served by public transport connections, has a strong retail sector, and is centred within the surrounding suburbs. These are all ideal attributes for a major employment hub, and every effort should be made to keep the Departments in Belconnen,” Mr Rattenbury concluded. 

 

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Australia's Fuel Security - She'll be right?

Join John Blackburn AO, author of "Australia's Liquid Fuel Security" for a discussion about Australia's Fuel Security.

This is a public meeting hosted by Shane Rattenbury MLA, organised by ACT Peak Oil. Everyone is welcome.

 

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Conservation Council's World Environment Day Dinner

Once again we look forward to sharing a night of great food, wine, entertainment, laughs and fun all for a good cause - so we can continue to be the voice for the environment in the ACT region.

 

 

 

 

 

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ANZAC CONVERSATIONS: ARTISTIC VOICES

An interactive afternoon with Australians from theatre,
visual arts and music

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Festival of Peace

A 5-day festival for peace featuring world premiere performances of A Passion for Peace — a new choral drama in the style of an oratorio by Glenda Cloughley

28th April- 2nd May 

 

 

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Great result for NSW Greens

ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has congratulated his NSW Greens colleagues for their success in the NSW election.

 “It’s really exciting to see that the NSW Greens look set to win up to 4 seats in the Lower House,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “Jamie Parker has retained his seat of Balmain and Jenny Leong has claimed victory in the newly created seat of Newtown.

 “Provisional results look positive in the Northern NSW electorates, with Adam Guise looking set to take Lismore and a big swing for Tamara Smith in Ballina.

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Committee to examine role of clubs in Canberra community

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, has supported the Public Accounts Committee investigating the ongoing role of clubs in the ACT.

“Clubs provide a valuable contribution to our community and are an important place for many, particularly older Canberrans to socialise and connect with their community,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“However, it is clear that many clubs are simply not financially viable under their current business model. 

“This Committee needs to consider the role of clubs within our community and investigate future business models that are less reliant on poker machine revenue and profits gained from problem gambling.

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The ACT Government will establish an Active Transport Office to enable more Canberrans to choose walking and cycling as their mode of transport and ensure better integration of transport modes across the city.

“Active transport must be a major part of Canberra’s transport future if we are to be a healthy and vibrant city. It is one of the keys to ensuring Canberra is a city that values and prioritises people and helps them get around,” said Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform, Shane Rattenbury.

 “The new Active Transport Office will operate as a single point of contact for walking and cycling issues and will include the creation of an ‘Active Transport Coordinator’ who will be a high profile public contact on these issues.

“This will ensure a continued focus on walking and cycling, and ensure there is a clear framework for active transport infrastructure and planning for the Territory.

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ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, says the ACT should have privacy zones around fertility control and reproductive health clinics to allow women to freely access safe and legal medical procedures without fear of condemnation or interference. 

"The ACT Greens will be looking into legislation to create a privacy zone to ensure women are able to access the health services that they are entitled to in privacy, similar to existing laws in Tasmania,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“Recent protests outside an ACT Heath building have again highlighted the need for changes that enable women to seek this legal and medically-safe procedure.

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Uriarra solar move a win for everyone

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, today welcomed the announcement that the Uriarra Solar Farm will relocate from Uriarra to Williamsdale, and called for the establishment of a buffer zone to protect Uriarra from future development that may compromise its rural village status.

“I am pleased that Elementus Energy has worked with the Government to look at other site options, and I believe moving the solar farm to Williamsdale will deliver a win-win for both solar energy and the Uriarra community,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“The residents of Uriarra have been consistent in their opposition and concern about the location of the solar farm, and the process used to select the site, however have always been supportive of solar projects going ahead.

 “Now is the time for planning changes to be put in place to ensure that the Uriarra Village doesn’t find itself facing inappropriate development that may undermine the village atmosphere for residents.

 “This could be done by establishing a formal buffer zone around the rural village, such as that which exists around Hall to protect the character of the village, and to provide clear guidance about potential developments inside that buffer.

 “The Uriarra Solar proposal was difficult for both the proponent and the residents, and I am glad that a viable solution has been found that ensures a good outcome for everyone involved.

 “I’m especially pleased that the ACT’s third large solar farm is still on track, an important part of meeting our 90% renewable energy target,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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