ACT Greens condemn Liberal backflip

The ACT Greens have condemned NSW Liberal leader Mike Baird's greyhound backflip and vowed to take all action necessary to make sure it doesn't result in dodgy operators moving to the ACT greyhound industry.

"The greyhound racing industry in the ACT is small, exploitative and expensive. We need a plan to wind down this cruel industry, not open up a new market for the NSW gambling lobby to exploit," said spokesperson for animal welfare Caroline Le Couteur.

"Today's back flip has confirmed what we've known all along - you can't trust the Liberals. Not here, not anywhere.

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ACT Greens’ business boost

The ACT Greens have announced a package of initiatives to empower Canberra businesses to achieve positive economic, social and environmental outcomes in the ACT.

“The best businesses serve the community - directly, and in broader social, economic and environmental terms,” said Greens candidate and business spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur.

“The Greens believe governments play a critical role in creating the conditions that empower businesses to thrive, which is why we’re putting forward this suite of initiatives.

“The Greens will establish an eco-tourism coordinator to promote Canberra as  tourism destination for niche markets like mountain biking, horse riding and nature based tourism and heritage.   

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More community housing for Canberra

The Greens today announced the final element of their plan to make housing more affordable in Canberra with a significant investment in community housing for the ACT. 

“There are too many Canberrans struggling to pay rent and pay their bills. Community housing provides lower cost alternatives to private rentals and having more of it will give hundreds of Canberrans safe, secure and affordable places to live, ” said ACT Greens housing spokesperson Veronica Wensing.

“Putting the community first means making sure that every Canberran has somewhere to live - and doesn’t have to sacrifice food, transport or basic necessities to make ends meet. 

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Putting people before pokies

The ACT Greens have announced an ambitious plan to put people before pokies with mandatory pre-commitment, $1 bets, and a major reduction in the number of pokies across Canberra.

“Australians are the biggest gamblers in the world. We lose more money per person than anywhere else on the face of the earth,” said ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury. 

“It’s time to put people before pokies and stand up to the gambling lobby. 

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Greens launch plan to support Canberra's artists

ACT Greens Arts spokesperson Indra Esguerra today released the Greens $19 million plan to support Canberra's artists and creative industries.

"Artists and creative industries not only enrich our community and our lives, they also contribute to our economy and local employment - yet many artists struggle to make a living making and performing their art," Ms Esguerra said.

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Improving Justice in the ACT

The ACT Greens are announcing a $11.2 million commitment to tackle the drivers of crime, featuring a specialised Alcohol and Other Drug Court, to keep people in our community safe and reduce the number of people in prison.  

“The evidence is clear that our current approach to illicit drug use has failed people with addictions, and our community. If we want safer communities, it is time for new thinking in Australia and the ACT,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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ACT Greens will invest in Canberra’s cultural diversity

The ACT Greens have announced their plan to invest in Canberra’s multicultural communities and ensure that all Canberrans have equal rights and opportunities.

“The ACT is a wonderfully diverse community, made up of people from many different backgrounds and cultures - and our community is richer for it,” said Indra Esguerra, ACT Greens spokesperson on multiculturalism.

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Homelessness has no place in Canberra

The Greens have announced a comprehensiveplan to tackle homelessness in Canberra. The centrepiece of this package is a $20 million commitment to build MyHome Canberra for people with chronic mental health issues.

“As we open Anti-Poverty Week, too many people are sleeping rough, or on someone’s couch, which shouldn’t be happening in Canberra,” said ACT Greens housing spokesperson Veronica Wensing. 

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Greens commit to level playing field for sport

The ACT Greens will put the community first by investing in sporting facilities, grassroots sporting events and sports promotion to keep Canberrans healthy and active.

“Sport encourages people to lead active and healthy lives as well as fostering a sense of community,” said ACT Greens spokesperson for recreation and sports, Shane Rattenbury.

“The Greens want to ensure that every Canberran can participate in community sports. That’s why we will provide $30,000 per annum in sporting fee and costs subsidies for low-income families.

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Canberra Liberals must not abandon ACT's clean energy target

The ACT Greens are calling on the Canberra Liberals to come clean about their plans for the ACT's 100% clean energy target, in light of Malcolm Turnbull's latest attack on renewables.

"The Canberra Liberals must either stand up to their Prime Minister's attacks on clean energy or come clean about their plans for the ACT's 100% target," said ACT Greens energy spokesperson Michael Mazengarb.

"The Canberra Liberals have done nothing to challenge PM Turnbull's statements, but they expect Canberrans to believe they won't tear down the ACT's targets. We won't be taken for fools.

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