Fact-checking fake news: ACT Greens call for Canberra ‘fact checking unit’ to inform public debate

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today called on the Government to investigate establishing an ACT-specific fact-checking unit to support informed public debate in the Territory.

In a dissenting report to the Election Committee, Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur highlighted the important contributions of informed debate to our political process.

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Red Hill Nature Reserve: Community makes a stand against ‘inappropriate development’

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens have tabled two petitions totalling some 3,112 signatures opposing inappropriate development in areas adjacent to the Red Hill Nature Reserve—the largest petition of this term of the Assembly.

Together the petitions respond to two proposed developments: a redevelopment proposal for a retirement village at the Federal Golf Course, and a rezoning at the telephone exchange at Section 66/Kent Street in Deakin. The sites are both on the south side of Red Hill and back on to the Red Hill Nature Reserve.

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The People Have Spoken: Love is Love, Time for Marriage Equality, say ACT Greens

Shane Rattenbury, MLA
Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens are celebrating that today the people of Canberra have spoken on the side of equality and human rights, delivering a comprehensive ‘Yes!’ for marriage equality.

“This unnecessary and divisive postal survey has stimulated robust debate on the private lives of people who simply want the right to marry the person they love,” Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said.

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Too Many Guns: ACT Greens call for action on weapon stockpiles

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens today call on the Government to address a “concerning” number of individuals with large private arsenals of firearms in the Territory. 

Data recently acquired by the NSW Greens under Freedom of Information laws found that some thirty Canberra households have acquired private weapons arsenals of more than a dozen firearms.

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Territorians deserve the right to choose - ACT Greens welcome Victorian moves on voluntary assisted dying

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

In welcoming news that Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying bill has passed the Lower House, the ACT Greens today again 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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First citizens’ jury hearings an opportunity to get deliberative democracy right

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT’s first-ever citizens’ jury will commence this weekend (14-15 October 2017).

These initial jury hearings are an important opportunity to get deliberative democracy right, and to demonstrate the value that deliberative process can deliver to our Canberra community.

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ACT Greens: Statement on pill testing trial

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens today say the Canberra Liberals have serious questions to answer when it comes to pill testing and harm minimisation in the Territory.

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Common sense has prevailed: ACT Greens welcome pill testing in the ACT Keeping Canberra Safe, putting our young people first

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens today are relieved that the Government has announced that pill testing will be accessible in the ACT.

“Our priority is, and has always been, ensuring the health and safety of our young people,” ACT Greens MLA and drug law reform spokesperson Shane Rattenbury said. 

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On marriage equality, every vote matters: don’t delay, post your views straight away

Shane Rattenbury, MLA
Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Canberrans will soon receive a survey question asking their views on whether same-sex couples should marry. The ACT Greens today encouraged all Canberrans to complete and post their survey as soon as possible to make sure their voices are heard.

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Canberrans back harm minimisation efforts to #KeepCanberraSafe

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Today Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury will today table a petition of more than 1,000 signatures backing a pill testing trial in the ACT.

“The Greens are strongly committed to an evidence-based and health-focused approach to drug law reform, ensuring that Canberra’s young people can make informed choices and stay safe

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