ACT Greens call for secure funding of dedicated family violence crisis accommodation services

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Ahead of increased demand during the holiday season, the ACT Greens have called on the Government to provide more secure, long-term funding for dedicated family violence accommodation services in the ACT.

While additional funding (totalling $23.5m over four years) was provided to strengthen responses to family violence in the last two Budgets, no funds were directed to specialist crisis accommodation services assisting women and children escaping violence.

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Driving change: seven projects funded to improve road safety

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Seven community road safety projects will be funded this year by the ACT Road Safety Fund—among them, a community-designed pilot project that aims to both improve road safety and reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our criminal justice system.

Minister for Justice and Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today announced the recipients at a launch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Driver Licensing Pilot Project, one of the grant winning projects, at the Sutton Road Training Centre.

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Bail support program provides more support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Government has partnered with the Aboriginal Legal Service to develop a two-year bail support program to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our justice system, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury announced today.

As part of the Government’s commitment to Justice Reinvestment, reducing recidivism and strengthening communities, the two-year trial will see the development of a culturally appropriate model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander detainees at the Alexander McConachie Centre.

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Have your say on the new Office for Mental Health

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Canberra community is invited to have its say on the establishment of the new Office for Mental Health.

Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said the online survey was part of a targeted consultation on the new office, which has been underway since October with mental health service consumers, carers and stakeholders in the mental health sector.

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Fact-checking fake news: ACT Greens call for Canberra ‘fact checking unit’ to inform public debate

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today called on the Government to investigate establishing an ACT-specific fact-checking unit to support informed public debate in the Territory.

In a dissenting report to the Election Committee, Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur highlighted the important contributions of informed debate to our political process.

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Red Hill Nature Reserve: Community makes a stand against ‘inappropriate development’

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens have tabled two petitions totalling some 3,112 signatures opposing inappropriate development in areas adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve—the largest petition of this term of the Assembly.

Together the petitions respond to two proposed developments: a redevelopment proposal for a retirement village at the Federal Golf Course, and a rezoning at the telephone exchange at Section 66/Kent Street in Deakin. The sites are both on the south side of Red Hill and back on to the Red Hill Nature Reserve.

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The People Have Spoken: Love is Love, Time for Marriage Equality, say ACT Greens

Shane Rattenbury, MLA
Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens are celebrating that today the people of Canberra have spoken on the side of equality and human rights, delivering a comprehensive ‘Yes!’ for marriage equality.

“This unnecessary and divisive postal survey has stimulated robust debate on the private lives of people who simply want the right to marry the person they love,” Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said.

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Too Many Guns: ACT Greens call for action on weapon stockpiles

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens today call on the Government to address a “concerning” number of individuals with large private arsenals of firearms in the Territory. 

Data recently acquired by the NSW Greens under Freedom of Information laws found that some thirty Canberra households have acquired private weapons arsenals of more than a dozen firearms.

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Territorians deserve the right to choose - ACT Greens welcome Victorian moves on voluntary assisted dying

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

In welcoming news that Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying bill has passed the Lower House, the ACT Greens today again called on the Federal Government to lift restrictions barring the ACT from determining its own legislation—restrictions that deny the rights and wishes of terminally ill Canberrans to end their lives on their own terms.

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First citizens’ jury hearings an opportunity to get deliberative democracy right

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT’s first-ever citizens’ jury will commence this weekend (14-15 October 2017).

These initial jury hearings are an important opportunity to get deliberative democracy right, and to demonstrate the value that deliberative process can deliver to our Canberra community.

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