New ACT Chief Psychiatrist appointed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Dr Denise Riordan has been appointed as the ACT’s new Chief Psychiatrist.

Dr Riordan is currently the Northern Territory Chief Psychiatrist and has worked in mental health for over 30 years in the public sector, ten of which were as Staff Specialist and Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the ACT.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Straws suck! But you don’t have to…

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberra venues are being urged to help rid the ACT of plastic straws as part of a new Actsmart campaign.

“Our reliance on single-use plastic is having devastating impacts on our planet,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

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Drive safe. Get there alive

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Drivers are being urged to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel this Queen’s Birthday long weekend, with six fatalities already recorded in the capital this year, compared to five in total for the whole of 2017.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury is reminding Canberrans to keep focused and stick to the road rules while driving, to ensure everyone arrives at their destination alive and well.

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Greens Budget Reply Speech

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

"Madam Speaker, the Greens welcome this budget!

From the Greens perspective, this Budget takes another vital step towards making Canberra the most sustainable, fair and progressive place in Australia.

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Respecting and protecting sex workers in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government has today introduced into the Legislative Assembly new laws to improve the rights and safety protections for sex workers.

The Government has consulted closely with stakeholders following the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety’s 2012 report on the Inquiry into the Prostitution Act.

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A Budget for fairness and sustainability: ACT Greens

Shane Rattenbury, MLA and Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today welcomed the ACT Budget’s commitments towards fairness and sustainability.

“From the Greens perspective this Budget takes another important step towards making Canberra the most sustainable and fair place in Australia,” Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury said today.

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