NEWS AND UPDATES

Greens call on ACT Government to Divest

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, is calling on the ACT Government to divest its investment in Whitehaven Coal, the company behind the Maules Creek mine proposal.

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Light rail to transport Canberra into the future

Today is an exciting day for the sustainable future of our city with the release of the business case for the ACT’s light rail project, ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury said today.

“We’ve been talking about building light rail for over two decades and now, thanks to the Greens-Labor Parliamentary Agreement, we are seeing the project come to fruition,” said Mr Rattenbury. 

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Medicinal cannabis – exactly what trials are needed?

ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury, has called on the ACT Government to specify what trials are needed and why overseas evidence is not adequate when it comes to the medicinal use of cannabis.

 “It’s positive to see politicians acknowledging the need for work on medicinal cannabis, but I am deeply concerned that Governments are finding excuses not to take real and immediate action,” said Mr Rattenbury. 

 “The ACT should act now on medicinal cannabis instead of calling for clinical trials or a national approach which will only defer or delay access for those who are suffering now.    

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Breaking News from Shane from the Assembly (Sep 25)

As Greens MLA and now Government Minister I am passionate about the sustainability of our city – streets that are safe for people to walk and cycle are a critical part of that. Today I am excited to see the tabling of a report that I’ve been working toward for some time – the ACT Government Response to the Inquiry into “vulnerable road users”. I moved to establish the inquiry because I know that so much more can be done to make our streets safer for those road users who are most vulnerable to injury – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. As TAMS Minister and a member of cabinet I have been working through the recommendations of the inquiry, and helping to draft the formal government response.

 I am really pleased that so many of the policy, legal, educational and infrastructure reforms the Greens have consistently advocated for are now officially part of ACT Government policy. AS TAMS Minister in charge of delivering our roads and paths, I am really looking forward to getting on with implementing these reforms.

 Click here for more information and to read the full report

 

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ACT to lead the way on safety & sustainable transport

Shane Rattenbury, ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, said that new policy and legal changes to prioritise and protect “vulnerable road users” is a positive turning point for Canberra’s transport environment. 

 The changes come after the ACT Government responded to a Committee inquiry into vulnerable road users, which Mr Rattenbury established in 2013.

 “The Government response to this report is very positive, and to me it reflects the progress that can be made with Greens in Government,” said Mr Rattenbury, who is also the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. 

 “I am pleased to have had input into the Government response and I think the process has worked well. As TAMS Minister I will also oversee and deliver some of the practical changes.

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ACT Assembly calls on Feds to reinstate Territory Euthanasia rights

Following successful action from the ACT Greens, the Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly will write to the Federal Government calling on it to repeal the “Andrews Act”, which prevents the ACT from legislating to establish a euthanasia scheme.  The Assembly passed the Greens’ resolution with the support of the Labor party. The Liberal Party opposed it.

 “The Assembly has made a clear statement to the Federal Parliament that it is time that to repeal this out-of-date restriction - which was imposed for purely political purposes - and give the people of Canberra the same rights as other Australians,” said ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury.

“I’d encourage all ACT residents to make their views known to the Federal Government as well. People in the ACT are the same as anyone else in Australia, they face the same choices at the end of their life, they suffer the same as anyone else, yet they don’t have a right for their own Parliament to consider the euthanasia issue.

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