ACT Greens welcome prospect of third federal seat for the ACT

The ACT Greens welcome the prospect of the ACT gaining a third seat in the federal House of Representatives.

“The people of Canberra deserve to have their voice heard in the Federal Parliament. A third lower house seat in the ACT is more representative and more democratic, and will give the voters of Canberra a real opportunity to elect a much needed alternative to the two old parties,” said ACT Greens Convenor Michael Mazengarb

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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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“All the evidence that’s needed”: Greens call for urgent action to close loopholes and reduce pokies harm

Today’s  release of the ACT Gaming and Racing Commission’s report into cash withdrawal facilities in gaming machine venues highlights the need for ongoing reform to limit gambling harm in the ACT, said ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury.

“The report from the Gambling and Racing Commission confirms what we already suspected – that EFTPOS facilities are being used to circumvent the $250 cash withdrawal limit that applies to ATMs in gaming venues.

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Protecting intimate privacy, not just sex: ACT Greens

Today ACT Greens spokesperson for women Caroline Le Couteur MLA announced the release of a discussion paper and exposure draft legislation to address privacy and technology-facilitated abuse in the ACT. In calling for extensive community consultation, Ms Le Couteur emphasised the importance of community voices and experience in addressing both technology-facilitated sexual abuse and the non-consensual sharing of intimate or private sexual images.

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Bring Them Here: ACT Greens call for Gay and Queer refugees to be welcomed to Canberra

In marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT Day), ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur today called for increased resettling of LGBTQI refugees in the nation’s ‘rainbow capital’.

“While LGBTIQ rights have made much progress across the world, there are still 74 countries where it is illegal to be gay and in some countries it is punishable by life imprisonment or even death,” Ms Le Couteur said. “Often these people are subject to persecution by their families, their communities and their governments, simply for being who they are.

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ACT Greens launch People Before Pokies and move to introduce immediate measures to curb pokies harm

In launching the People Before Pokies campaign, ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury will today move a motion in the Legislative Assembly that will curb some of the damaging impacts of poker machine addiction in Canberra.

The motion calls on all sides of politics to back changes that will make a significant difference to problem gamblers and their families by addressing two commonsense concerns: the availability of unlimited cash-over-counter EFTPOS withdrawals in pokies venues, and the need for increased transparency around social impact assessments (SIAs) that determine availability of pokies in our community.

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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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