Leadership and community consultation key to effective intimate images reform

Caroline Le Couteur 

Following an extensive consultation process, Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur today tabled a refined and updated Invasion of Privacy Bill to reflect the experiences and insights of key stakeholders, organisations and academics.

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ACT Greens welcome government action on Charter of Young People’s Rights in Detention

Caroline Le Couteur

The ACT Greens welcome news that the government has heeded the call from the Greens’ to establish a Charter of Rights for Young People in Detention in the ACT. The ACT Greens have advocated extensively on this issue, as we believe that “a new approach is necessary” to ensure that we secure the rights of children and young people in detention in the ACT.

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ACT Greens welcome Victorian moves on voluntary assisted dying

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

In welcoming news that Victoria will introduce legislation on voluntary assisted dying, the ACT Greens today 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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Lease Variation charge reprieve a welcome step: ACT Greens

Caroline Le Couteur MLA

Today the ACT Greens welcomed the government’s decision today to postpone the introduction of an increased Lease Variation charge (LVC) in relation to unit development.

“The Greens support LVC as a way of ensuring that the community shares in windfall gains from increases in land values,” said Caroline Le Couteur MLA, Greens spokesperson for planning and development. “That said, I did raise concerns with the Government about the impacts of the sudden four-fold increase.

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Greyhound Racing Industry Statement

The Greens do have a view that greyhound racing is an outdated industry that promotes animal exploitation. The ACT Greens have long argued for an end to this exploitative industry – by focusing on the welfare of the dogs and supporting the ACT workers to transition.

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Statement on media report

The ACT Greens recognise the devastating impact of sexual assault, harassment and violence on women and are committed to doing everything we can to support women in our party and in the community who have been the victims of violence, harassment or assault; and to prevent sexual violence from occurring.

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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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ACT Greens call for demonstration housing precincts in Canberra to showcase sustainability and affordability

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Greens MLA and planning spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur will today put forward a motion in the Assembly to deliver a community-led vision for ‘showcase’ housing precincts that integrate world-class environmental performance, design and construction quality into future housing options within 3 years.

“As our city grows, the ACT Greens believe—as does the Canberra community—that we should set a high standard for the quality of our homes and our neighbourhoods,” said ACT Greens planning spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur MLA.

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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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