Op ed: Light rail is about Canberra’s future

Click here to read Shane Rattenbury's opinion piece, published on Saturday 30 April.

It's an exciting time for Canberra as we navigate our second century. In the coming months construction will begin on our first light rail project: Capital Metro Stage 1 from Gungahlin to the City.

The project has elicited strong responses from some Canberrans. It's understandable. Capital Metro is a big project. It has also been heavily politicised by the local Liberal Party to assist their negative campaign for the upcoming ACT election. It's their version of Tony Abbott's 'no carbon tax' war.

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Greens celebrate ACT’s climate achievements

Hear more from the Greens in the Canberra Times coverage of this story.

ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has welcomed an announcement by the ACT Government that the target date for the ACT to achieve 100% renewable electricity has been brought forward 5 years, to 2020.

“This is a really great outcome for the Canberra community; the best thing is that we are achieving 100% renewable electricity for less than what it was predicted to cost to achieve 90% renewable electricity,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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Op ed: The disappearing public service

Click here to read Christina Hobbs' opinion piece, published on Wednesday 27 April.

In the lead-up to the last federal election, Ford announced it would close its Australian manufacturing workshops and shed 1,200 jobs. Many of us remember that news from Melbourne sending Australian politics into crisis mode.

Months later, Holden's announcement that it would cease production in Adelaide, cutting 1,250 jobs in South Australia led to a huge backlash against the then-newly elected Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with public outcry and even internal criticism from within the Government's own ranks.

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Greens call for Community Reference Group for Manuka

Hear more from the Greens in the Canberra Times coverage of this story.

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, is calling for community involvement in planning for the Manuka precinct and a comprehensive community consultation process following concerns raised by residents in response to an unsolicited bid to develop Manuka Oval.

“I have received considerable constituent feedback on the GWS and Grocon proposal for Manuka Oval, both about the proposal itself and the unsolicited bid process. The ACT Greens agree with many of the concerns within the community including issues around heritage and scale,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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Greens call on Zed Seselja to stand up to the Liberals' attacks on Canberra's public service

Hear more from the Greens in the Win News coverage of this story.

ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs has condemned Zed Seselja's refusal to stand up for public service jobs.

"Under Tony Abbott, thousands of public service jobs were slashed in Canberra. Now, it looks like the Abbott-turned-Turnbull government is coming back for round two and Zed Seselja is nowhere to be seen," said ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

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Statement on cuts to the National Gallery

Hear more from the Greens in the Canberra Times coverage of this story.

ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs has issued a statement on the Turnbull Government's cuts to the National Gallery.

"The Turnbull government's cuts to Canberra's cultural institutions will mean that more skilled Canberrans will be losing their jobs in the next year.

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Greens kick off Senate campaign with 250 supporters

Hear more from the Greens in the Canberra Times coverage of this story.

Today the ACT Greens kicked off their Senate campaign with 250 supporters, former leader of the Australian Greens Christine Milne, Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury and ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

“I have spent the last few months talking to thousands of Canberrans who do not feel represented in the Senate by the Liberal or Labor parties,” said Senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

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Greens to double homelessness funding

Hear more from the Greens in the Ten News coverage of this story.

The Greens have announced a plan to double Federal funding to frontline homelessness services, by using a portion of the revenue raised through changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax exemption.

ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs said the Turnbull Government should overturn the Abbott Government’s cruel cuts to our most vulnerable people.

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Greens announce plan to better fund Canberra's health

Hear more from the Greens in the Guardian and ABC coverage of this story.

The Greens have announced a plan to phase out the private health insurance rebate and put the savings into public health care.

“The private health insurance rebate has failed to ease pressure on public hospitals,” said ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

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Greens push for action on high speed rail

The ACT Greens have welcomed news that Consolidated Land and Rail Australia are pitching a high speed rail project to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"The time has come for us to get moving and join other countries around the world in embracing clean and efficient high speed rail," said ACT Greens senate candidate Christina Hobbs.

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