Ban welcomed in greyhound racing industry transition

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.

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ACT Greens MLAs welcome Victorian steps forward on Dying with Dignity legislation

ACT Greens MLAs Shane Rattenbury and Caroline Le Couteur have welcomed the Victorian Government’s decision today to allow a conscience vote on dying with dignity legislation, and re-launched their Dying with Dignity campaign here in the ACT. 

“The people of the ACT, just like all Australians, should have the right to make choices about their death, just as they have the right to make decisions about their lives,” said Shane Rattenbury, MLA.

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Greens sign historic parliamentary agreement

Today we signed the Parliamentary Agreement with the Labor Party to form government.

It is the starting point, not the end point, for the ACT Greens and what we want to achieve over the next four years.

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ACT Greens welcome Le Couteur back to Assembly

ACT Greens Leader, Shane Rattenbury, today congratulated returning Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur on the announcement of her appointment to the ACT Legislative Assembly.

“I am excited and pleased to have doubled our representation in the Assembly, and to be able to welcome Caroline back,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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Thousands of Canberrans feed into ACT Greens campaign

The ACT Greens’ campaign of one-on-one conversations at homes, the local shops, over the phone and at community events has found Canberrans are overwhelmingly concerned about public transport and cleaning up our democracy.

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Greens call on candidates to sign ‘Integrity in Politics’ pledge

The Greens have released the final plank of their plan to clean up politics in the ACT - a $10 million commitment to establish an ACT ICAC. It will have the statutory powers to investigate and adjudicate on allegations of misconduct or corruption.

The Greens are also calling on all parties to sign an ‘Integrity in Politics’ pledge.

"In NSW, ICAC has exposed the revolving door between developers, big business and politics. People are appalled that it is still going on," said democracy spokesperson Indra Esguerra.

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ACT Greens will ban Greyhound racing in the ACT

The ACT Greens have today announced that they will move to ban greyhound racing in the ACT. 

“The Greens will ban greyhound racing in the ACT. We must not allow the backflipping NSW Liberals to open up a backdoor for dodgy operators to bring their cruel business to the ACT,” said Caroline Le Couteur, animal welfare spokesperson for the ACT Greens. 

“Just today, Canberra Liberals’ leader Jeremy Hanson made his intention clear to continue propping up this cruel industry to the tune of $1 million a year. 

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Greens move to ban lies in political ads

The ACT Greens have today called for Truth in Political Advertising laws to give the ACT community confidence that political parties, and political leaders, are telling the truth.

“This election, candidates and political parties have been telling outright lies. The community deserves better,” said Veronica Wensing, ACT Greens candidate for Yerrabi.

“The Liberals are lying about light rail, they are lying about rates, they’re lying about buses and they are lying about health. They will say anything to win.

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ACT Greens condemn Liberal backflip

The ACT Greens have condemned NSW Liberal leader Mike Baird's greyhound backflip and vowed to take all action necessary to make sure it doesn't result in dodgy operators moving to the ACT greyhound industry.

"The greyhound racing industry in the ACT is small, exploitative and expensive. We need a plan to wind down this cruel industry, not open up a new market for the NSW gambling lobby to exploit," said spokesperson for animal welfare Caroline Le Couteur.

"Today's back flip has confirmed what we've known all along - you can't trust the Liberals. Not here, not anywhere.

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ACT Greens’ business boost

The ACT Greens have announced a package of initiatives to empower Canberra businesses to achieve positive economic, social and environmental outcomes in the ACT.

“The best businesses serve the community - directly, and in broader social, economic and environmental terms,” said Greens candidate and business spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur.

“The Greens believe governments play a critical role in creating the conditions that empower businesses to thrive, which is why we’re putting forward this suite of initiatives.

“The Greens will establish an eco-tourism coordinator to promote Canberra as  tourism destination for niche markets like mountain biking, horse riding and nature based tourism and heritage.   

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