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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Greens call on candidates to sign ‘Integrity in Politics’ pledge

The Greens have released the final plank of their plan to clean up politics in the ACT - a $10 million commitment to establish an ACT ICAC. It will have the statutory powers to investigate and adjudicate on allegations of misconduct or corruption.

The Greens are also calling on all parties to sign an ‘Integrity in Politics’ pledge.

"In NSW, ICAC has exposed the revolving door between developers, big business and politics. People are appalled that it is still going on," said democracy spokesperson Indra Esguerra.

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ACT Greens will ban Greyhound racing in the ACT

The ACT Greens have today announced that they will move to ban greyhound racing in the ACT. 

“The Greens will ban greyhound racing in the ACT. We must not allow the backflipping NSW Liberals to open up a backdoor for dodgy operators to bring their cruel business to the ACT,” said Caroline Le Couteur, animal welfare spokesperson for the ACT Greens. 

“Just today, Canberra Liberals’ leader Jeremy Hanson made his intention clear to continue propping up this cruel industry to the tune of $1 million a year. 

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Greens move to ban lies in political ads

The ACT Greens have today called for Truth in Political Advertising laws to give the ACT community confidence that political parties, and political leaders, are telling the truth.

“This election, candidates and political parties have been telling outright lies. The community deserves better,” said Veronica Wensing, ACT Greens candidate for Yerrabi.

“The Liberals are lying about light rail, they are lying about rates, they’re lying about buses and they are lying about health. They will say anything to win.

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