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20 Years of Greens in the ACT Legislative Assembly

I rise today to draw the Assembly’s attention to the fact that today, 18 February, is the 20th anniversary of the ACT Greens being elected to the Legislative Assembly of the ACT. For 20 years, since February 1995, the ACT Greens have had continual representation in the Assembly.

Over that period we have worked hard to represent the people of Canberra who want to ensure that human rights, environmental rights, animal rights, and a sustainable and democratic future are a key part of the ACT agenda.

We are a city full of people who work hard and think hard about the policy issues that face Australians and how best to solve the problems facing the most vulnerable and those who do not have a voice. As a result, we have a progressive town; we have a voting population who expect that their local government will not only stand up for their rights but also for what is right.

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ACT Greens call for action on live music

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury will today bring forward a motion in the Assembly calling on the Government to develop a policy to support live music and events in our community.

 “Live music and events are an integral part of the life of our city, and essential for our increasingly vibrant and culturally diverse community,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“As more and more people are living in our city and town centres, music venues are under pressure from increasing complaints about noise from local residents.  The recent examples where daytime jazz music has been pushed out of the cultural precinct at New Acton, bring this issue into focus.

“In 2009, the ACT Greens instigated an Assembly inquiry into live community events. In 2015 there are still many opportunities to implement the recommendations of that inquiry to support live music and events in our community.

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Final call for submissions in to medicinal cannabis inquiry

Submissions close this Friday (13 February) for the ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry into the use of cannabis for medical purposes said ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury.

 Mr Rattenbury introduced draft legislation into the Assembly last year which would give those suffering from certain chronic and terminal illnesses access to cannabis as a treatment. The draft legislation and discussion paper were sent to committee, which is due to report back in June this year.

 “The public discourse has grown substantially over recent months, but there remains no progress on policy.  The public understands the need and the importance of granting access to those suffering and in pain and our laws need to adapt,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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Greens call for action on live music in the ACT

This week I've brought forward an Assembly debate on live music and events in the ACT.

Live music and events are an integral part of the life of our city, and essential for our increasingly vibrant and culturally diverse community.

As more and more people are living in our city and town centres, music venues are under pressure from increasing complaints about noise from local residents.  The recent examples where daytime jazz music has been pushed out of the cultural precinct at New Acton, bring this issue into focus.

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