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Scholarships to empower Canberrans with a mental illness

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A ground-breaking Mental Health Scholarship scheme at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) sees Canberrans experiencing a mental illness gain nationally recognised qualifications.

As the Scheme enters its eighth consecutive year, Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said the scholarship program sees more mental health consumers to strengthen their employment opportunities in the community sector.

New Victims of Crime Commissioner appointed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Ms Heidi Yates has been appointed the ACT’s Victims of Crime Commissioner.

Ms Yates is presently the Head of General Practice at Legal Aid ACT and has held a number of roles focused on the delivery of essential services to victims of crime in the territory, particularly those subjected to family violence, sexual assault and harassment.

NEG must not stymie climate action elsewhere, must deliver on a clean energy future: ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Serious reform is required if the Federal Government’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is to allow states and territories like the ACT to deliver on a clean energy future, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today. 

“In preventing us from making additional emissions reductions, it appears that the NEG will not allow progressive jurisdictions to continue getting on with the job of delivering clean, affordable and reliable energy. This is an extraordinarily backward approach—one well out of step with the Finkel Review.

Despite Canberra Liberals opposition, UN human rights protections will be realised in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT is now ready for the United Nations Subcommittee to inspect its places of detention following the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in December.

The Monitoring of Places of Detention (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) Bill 2017 sets out the powers of the UN Subcommittee should it elect to visit a place of detention in the ACT.

Protect your heart and wallet when looking for love online

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

This Valentine’s Day Canberrans are being encouraged to be cautious with personal information – and funds - when it comes to looking for love online.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said romance scams tended to spike around February each year and online and social media were rapidly becoming the platforms of choice for would-be scammers.

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