Rattenbury pays tribute to outgoing Greens leader

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, has paid tribute to outgoing Federal Greens Leader, Christine Milne, following her address to the Press Club today.

 “Senator Milne is one of the sharpest minds in federal politics, with great intellect and personal integrity,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “She has led the party through periods of growth and consolidation that has strengthened the Greens nationally.

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Moving APS staff to airport would be bad for Canberra

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, says that reports that 5500 Immigration and Customs staff might be moved from Belconnen to the Brindabella Business Park is evidence of the Federal Government’s disregard for its public servants and shows a lack of understanding of the Canberra community.

 “A move like this would isolate a huge number of Canberrans, moving them away from good public transport options and retail facilities,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “Removing 5500 staff from the area would be a significant blow to the Belconnen community, with these discussions are already causing a great deal of anxiety for businesses.

 “Belconnen is well served by public transport connections, has a strong retail sector, and is centred within the surrounding suburbs. These are all ideal attributes for a major employment hub, and every effort should be made to keep the Departments in Belconnen,” Mr Rattenbury concluded. 

 

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Great result for NSW Greens

ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has congratulated his NSW Greens colleagues for their success in the NSW election.

 “It’s really exciting to see that the NSW Greens look set to win up to 4 seats in the Lower House,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “Jamie Parker has retained his seat of Balmain and Jenny Leong has claimed victory in the newly created seat of Newtown.

 “Provisional results look positive in the Northern NSW electorates, with Adam Guise looking set to take Lismore and a big swing for Tamara Smith in Ballina.

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New Active Transport Office to promote walking and cycling in Canberra

The ACT Government will establish an Active Transport Office to enable more Canberrans to choose walking and cycling as their mode of transport and ensure better integration of transport modes across the city.

“Active transport must be a major part of Canberra’s transport future if we are to be a healthy and vibrant city. It is one of the keys to ensuring Canberra is a city that values and prioritises people and helps them get around,” said Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform, Shane Rattenbury.

 “The new Active Transport Office will operate as a single point of contact for walking and cycling issues and will include the creation of an ‘Active Transport Coordinator’ who will be a high profile public contact on these issues.

“This will ensure a continued focus on walking and cycling, and ensure there is a clear framework for active transport infrastructure and planning for the Territory.

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Privacy zones to protect women accessing legal medical procedures

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, says the ACT should have privacy zones around fertility control and reproductive health clinics to allow women to freely access safe and legal medical procedures without fear of condemnation or interference. 

"The ACT Greens will be looking into legislation to create a privacy zone to ensure women are able to access the health services that they are entitled to in privacy, similar to existing laws in Tasmania,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“Recent protests outside an ACT Heath building have again highlighted the need for changes that enable women to seek this legal and medically-safe procedure.

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Final call for submissions in to medicinal cannabis inquiry

Submissions close this Friday (13 February) for the ACT Legislative Assembly inquiry into the use of cannabis for medical purposes said ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury.

 Mr Rattenbury introduced draft legislation into the Assembly last year which would give those suffering from certain chronic and terminal illnesses access to cannabis as a treatment. The draft legislation and discussion paper were sent to committee, which is due to report back in June this year.

 “The public discourse has grown substantially over recent months, but there remains no progress on policy.  The public understands the need and the importance of granting access to those suffering and in pain and our laws need to adapt,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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Joint Communique - ACT Greens and ACT Labor reaffirm commitment to Parliamentary Agreement

ACT Labor leader Andrew Barr and Parliamentary leader of the ACT Greens Shane Rattenbury have reaffirmed their commitment to the 2012 Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement, following the resignation of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister, and the nomination of Minister Barr as the new Chief Minister.

Mr Rattenbury will vote to formally appoint Minister Barr as the ACT Chief Minister in the Legislative Assembly later this morning.

Mr Barr and Mr Rattenbury yesterday exchanged letters to reaffirm the endorsement of the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Assembly and ensure continued progress towards the remaining items.

The Parliamentary Agreement is a shared agenda to be implemented over the four-year term of the Government covering all portfolio areas. The Agreement was made in 2012 to formalise the relationship between the ACT Greens and ACT Labor to form Government until the next election in October 2016, when the Agreement expires.

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Medicinal cannabis – exactly what trials are needed?

ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury, has called on the ACT Government to specify what trials are needed and why overseas evidence is not adequate when it comes to the medicinal use of cannabis.

 “It’s positive to see politicians acknowledging the need for work on medicinal cannabis, but I am deeply concerned that Governments are finding excuses not to take real and immediate action,” said Mr Rattenbury. 

 “The ACT should act now on medicinal cannabis instead of calling for clinical trials or a national approach which will only defer or delay access for those who are suffering now.    

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ACT delivers role for Federal Government on national environment decisions

ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury, today confirmed that the ACT Government will deliver on the Parliamentary Agreement item to maintain an ongoing approvals role for the Federal Government in environment protection matters. 

“It is extremely important that the Federal Government maintains a role in approving proposals within the ACT that may affect matters of national environmental significance,” said Mr Rattenbury.

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Federal Gov dumps proposed changes to Racial Discrimination Act

This is a win for communities across Australia who have demonstrated their abhorrence with George Brandis’ proposal to water down the Racial Discrimination Act,” said ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury.

 “The overwhelming response from the community was a powerful rejection of what was a divisive proposal.

 “This is a clear message that Australia does not want to be a country where people have the right to be bigots. 

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