In welcoming the government’s decision to ban greyhound racing in the ACT, the ACT Greens today call the government to focus on the welfare of dogs and supporting the transition of ACT industry workers over the course of the next year.
“Along with our Canberra community, the Greens are thrilled at the government’s decision to ban greyhound racing in the ACT today,” said Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur. “This is a fantastic outcome, as is the recent ending of the exorbitant $1 million subsidy to support the greyhound racing industry.
Today’s release of the ACT Gaming and Racing Commission’s report into cash withdrawal facilities in gaming machine venues highlights the need for ongoing reform to limit gambling harm in the ACT, said ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury.
“The report from the Gambling and Racing Commission confirms what we already suspected – that EFTPOS facilities are being used to circumvent the $250 cash withdrawal limit that applies to ATMs in gaming venues.
Today ACT Greens spokesperson for women Caroline Le Couteur MLA announced the release of a discussion paper and exposure draft legislation to address privacy and technology-facilitated abuse in the ACT. In calling for extensive community consultation, Ms Le Couteur emphasised the importance of community voices and experience in addressing both technology-facilitated sexual abuse and the non-consensual sharing of intimate or private sexual images.
In marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT Day), ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur today called for increased resettling of LGBTQI refugees in the nation’s ‘rainbow capital’.
“While LGBTIQ rights have made much progress across the world, there are still 74 countries where it is illegal to be gay and in some countries it is punishable by life imprisonment or even death,” Ms Le Couteur said. “Often these people are subject to persecution by their families, their communities and their governments, simply for being who they are.
In launching the People Before Pokies campaign, ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury will today move a motion in the Legislative Assembly that will curb some of the damaging impacts of poker machine addiction in Canberra.
The motion calls on all sides of politics to back changes that will make a significant difference to problem gamblers and their families by addressing two commonsense concerns: the availability of unlimited cash-over-counter EFTPOS withdrawals in pokies venues, and the need for increased transparency around social impact assessments (SIAs) that determine availability of pokies in our community.