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New ACT Chief Psychiatrist appointed

Statement on the National Energy Guarantee

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT today expressed its surprise and dismay at the Federal Energy Minister's comments welcoming the building of new coal-fired power plants as part of the National Energy Guarantee, or NEG.

"In some ten months of negotiations, today's comments from the Federal Energy Minister that he would welcome new coal-fired power stations have come as quite the unwelcome surprise," ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.


Supporting victims of crime and upholding their rights

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT will develop a Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime so that more support is provided to people in the justice system to reduce ongoing trauma, Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury announced today.

The Charter of Rights for Victims of Crime will ensure that their rights are upheld at a time that can be very traumatic.  Having the right information and the right support at the right time can assist with reducing that trauma.

On World Elder Abuse Day, the ACT Greens have called for a renewed focus on seniors’ rights

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

As part of last weeks’ ACT Budget, the Greens welcomed a Seniors Rights Service as part of the ACT Legal Aid Commission to provide targeted legal services to older Canberrans who are experiencing, or are vulnerable to, elder abuse.

Greens spokesperson for Seniors Caroline Le Couteur said she hoped that this Service would ameliorate some of the Greens concerns with services currently available in the Territory, namely the existing Older Persons’ Abuse Prevention Referral and Information Line.

A mental health system for a 21st Century Canberra: Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing established in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government has formally established the Territory’s first Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The model for the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing has been developed following extensive consultation with the community, mental health consumers and carers, mental health organisations and peak bodies.

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