Continued focus on Vision Zero in Road Safety Report

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Government’s road safety reforms are keeping people safer and contributing to the Territory’s low road toll.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today released the 2018 Road Safety Report Card, which shows that the implementation of recent road safety reforms has achieved a reduction in the number of fatalities on ACT roads.

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Local leadership, global change: ACT climate action on track

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government has today welcomed the recommendations of a report by the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Professor Kate Auty, on the implementation of the ACT’s climate change strategy.

The Implementation Status Report on the ACT Government’s Climate Change Policy is the second ACT plan to address the urgent challenge of climate change.

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Responsive action improves detainee safety and care

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

In the past year, the ACT Government has made significant changes to improve detainee health, care and safety in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) as part of its response to the Moss Review.

Minister Rattenbury has tabled a progress report one year after the Moss Review into the treatment in custody care of Mr Steven Freeman was tabled in February 2017.

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No means no? Yes means yes, say ACT Greens

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens will this week table draft legislation redefining consent under ACT criminal law, bringing the ACT in line with other jurisdictions and strengthening the criminal justice system.

“Every Australian jurisdiction except the ACT has a statutory definition of consent based on the idea of free and voluntary agreement. Yet under ACT criminal law, consent is defined by when it is taken away, rather than when it is given,” Greens spokesperson for Women Caroline Le Couteur said today.

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Scholarships to empower Canberrans with a mental illness

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A ground-breaking Mental Health Scholarship scheme at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) sees Canberrans experiencing a mental illness gain nationally recognised qualifications.

As the Scheme enters its eighth consecutive year, Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said the scholarship program sees more mental health consumers to strengthen their employment opportunities in the community sector.

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New Victims of Crime Commissioner appointed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Ms Heidi Yates has been appointed the ACT’s Victims of Crime Commissioner.

Ms Yates is presently the Head of General Practice at Legal Aid ACT and has held a number of roles focused on the delivery of essential services to victims of crime in the territory, particularly those subjected to family violence, sexual assault and harassment.

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NEG must not stymie climate action elsewhere, must deliver on a clean energy future: ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Serious reform is required if the Federal Government’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is to allow states and territories like the ACT to deliver on a clean energy future, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today. 

“In preventing us from making additional emissions reductions, it appears that the NEG will not allow progressive jurisdictions to continue getting on with the job of delivering clean, affordable and reliable energy. This is an extraordinarily backward approach—one well out of step with the Finkel Review.

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Despite Canberra Liberals opposition, UN human rights protections will be realised in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT is now ready for the United Nations Subcommittee to inspect its places of detention following the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in December.

The Monitoring of Places of Detention (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) Bill 2017 sets out the powers of the UN Subcommittee should it elect to visit a place of detention in the ACT.

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Protect your heart and wallet when looking for love online

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

This Valentine’s Day Canberrans are being encouraged to be cautious with personal information – and funds - when it comes to looking for love online.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said romance scams tended to spike around February each year and online and social media were rapidly becoming the platforms of choice for would-be scammers.

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Improved health model of care at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Shane Rattenbury, MLC

Detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre will benefit from improved health services with the implementation of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Model of Care.

Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury said an additional health care investment of $8 million over two -and-a-half years in part of the Government’s commitment to implement its response to the Moss Review.

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