Joint Communique - ACT Greens and ACT Labor reaffirm commitment to Parliamentary Agreement

ACT Labor leader Andrew Barr and Parliamentary leader of the ACT Greens Shane Rattenbury have reaffirmed their commitment to the 2012 Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, following the resignation of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister, and the nomination of Minister Barr as the new Chief Minister.

Mr Rattenbury will vote to formally appoint Minister Barr as the ACT Chief Minister in the Legislative Assembly later this morning.

Mr Barr and Mr Rattenbury yesterday exchanged letters to reaffirm the endorsement of the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Assembly and ensure continued progress towards the remaining items.

The Parliamentary Agreement is a shared agenda to be implemented over the four-year term of the Government covering all portfolio areas. The Agreement was made in 2012 to formalise the relationship between the ACT Greens and ACT Labor to form Government until the next election in October 2016, when the Agreement expires.

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My Week of Campaigning in Melbourne

To support the Victorian Greens for their recent election campaign, a group of ACT Greens supporters travelled to Melbourne to volunteer full-time. Rachel Lynskey spent a week campaigning on Ellen Sandell’s campaign for Melbourne - which saw Ellen become the first lower house Greens MP in the Victorian State Parliament.

Snap snap snap. Ring ring ring. Knock knock knock. For a week these were the sounds of my day.

Much of my time was spent in the campaign office - a large, open area filled with tables, computers, fruit, timeline posters and couches. Staff and volunteers worked together - there was no divide between staff who had been at their desks for months longer than new volunteers fresh of the train from Canberra. Everyone was welcome and willing on this team. It was a beautiful hive of activity orchestrated by a passionate team.

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Big parties cash in on electoral reform Bill

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has rejected a Bill presented to the Assembly today that would increase public funding for ACT elections from $2 to $8 per vote and see political parties receive a financial windfall at the expense of the ACT’s democracy.

 “While the Greens support public funding of elections to reduce undue or corrupt influence, the public funding must serve as a replacement to large donations - not be in addition to them,” said Mr Rattenbury

 “Yet this Bill increases public funding from $2 per vote to $8 per vote while removing the restriction on the size of donations.

 “The big parties want to see the $10,000 limit on donations removed; the Greens want that cap halved to $5,000. The big parties have given themselves a $1million budget for election campaigns; the Greens want to see election campaign spending cut to half a million for parties.

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ACT Assembly calls on Tony Abbott to reverse cuts to ABC and SBS

The ACT Assembly today passed a motion from ACT Greens Member Shane Rattenbury, calling on the Federal Government to reverse its short sighted funding cuts to the ABC and SBS.

 The Greens motion was passed with the support of the Labor Party, but was opposed by Jeremy Hanson and the Canberra Liberals.

 “It’s important that our local Assembly stands up against these cuts, imposed on the back of a spectacular broken promise, which will cause significant local detriment here in the ACT,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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