Some Big Changes at the Assembly

Today Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced the new Assembly arrangements as a result of the introduction of the ACT Assembly's sixth Minister. This means portfolios were re-allocated to spread the workload more evenly between the Ministers.

She made the announcement at midday, but I wanted to let you know my initial thoughts on the changes to my portfolios.

I am no longer Minister for Housing. That’s the first piece of big news.

The ACT Greens have done an enormous amount of work over the last twenty years to build up social housing as a cornerstone of Canberra’s community. And, it was privilege 18 months ago to become the Minister for an area that Greens like Kerrie Tucker, Deb Foskey and Amanda Bresnan did so much to advance.

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Proud of housing progress and looking forward to new opportunities

Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury today welcomed the opportunity to connect with the Canberra community through the Sport and Recreation portfolio, and expressed his confidence that the ACT Government would continue to prioritise developing more and better public housing.

 “The past 18 months as Minister for Housing have been a privilege and incredibly rewarding. Public housing is an important part of the fabric of Canberra neighbourhoods. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate Housing ACT for their important work supporting over 30,000 tenants,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “It’s been inspiring to work with the community sector to develop new and innovative responses to the issue of housing affordability, and to start the process of developing the ACT Government’s first strategic plan for community housing.

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This week I spoke out against proposed changes to the Electoral Act which will result in a financial windfall for the big parties at the expense of our democracy.

The early designs have just been released for Capital Metro light rail. Find out more and have your say on the first stage of this exciting project.

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Shane Rattenbury Welcomes Greens' Newest Senator

Shane Rattenbury, ACT Greens MLA, today welcomed Greens’ Senator-elect Janet Rice who cycled into Canberra today after a long ride from Melbourne.

 “As the Abbott Government obstructs action on climate change, tears funding out of education and health, and punishes some of the world’s most vulnerable people who seek our help; Senator-elect Janet Rice will play a critical role in the Senate standing up to some of the most brutal elements of Abbott’s budget,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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An unlikely ally?

It’s Senator Ricky Muir’s first day today and rumor has it, he may not vote for the repeal of our carbon pricing legislation. Send him a welcome message and let him know just how important it is that we keep this important piece of legislation.

Here are some ideas you could use in your email to Senator Muir:

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Liberal and Labor get more cash for less democracy

Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has condemned the bi-partisan position of Liberal and Labor members of the Select Committee on the Review of the Electoral Act to recommend their parties receive a financial windfall at the expense of the ACT’s democracy.

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ACT rejects Barnaby’s ‘ag-gag’ laws

ACT Greens MLA and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury has sent a letter to the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, rejecting the proposed ‘ag-gag’ laws as unnecessary and as a distraction from the Australian public’s demand for higher industry standards on animal welfare in Australia.

 “I have expressed my commitment to a nationally consistent approach to biosecurity to Minister Joyce. However, the proposed ‘ag-gag’ laws appear to be a thinly veiled attack on animal welfare activists seeking to end the cruel and sometimes illegal industry treatment of livestock and farm animals,” Minister Rattenbury said.

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