NEG needs more work, says ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT has today declined to endorse the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) in principle, but has agreed to keep working on the scheme.

Speaking at today’s Energy COAG meeting, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said that the “the ACT continues to push for an improved NEG that will genuinely help deliver a modern, sustainable, affordable, and reliable electricity system.

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ACT to seek improvements to the National Energy Guarantee

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government will use the upcoming Energy Council meeting to seek significant improvements to the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) to attempt to make it into a workable energy policy.

The ACT Cabinet has agreed that the ACT should only support a national energy policy that will genuinely help the National Energy Market transition to a more modern, sustainable, affordable, and reliable system.

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Arawang Primary School awarded with five-star Actsmart Schools accreditation

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury, has today presented Arawang Primary School with five-star Actsmart Schools accreditation for their outstanding work in reducing their ecological footprint.

“Arawang Primary School should be incredibly proud that they have been able to achieve accreditation in all five key areas of the Actsmart Schools program,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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A better deal for ACT sex workers

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberra sex workers will have greater rights and safety protections under new laws passed in the Legislative Assembly today.

Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury said the reforms passed today by the Legislative Assembly in the Prostitution Amendment Bill 2018 reflect industry expectations by removing derogatory references to sex workers, and ensure they are better protected in the community.

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Statement in relation to ACT Health motion

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

“Everyone has a right to feel respected, supported and safe at work. Any allegations of bullying must be investigated, and appropriate action taken,” ACT Greens Health spokesperson Shane Rattenbury said today.

“However, the Greens do not believe that a comprehensive investigation and resolution of complaints requires the equivalent time and resources of a Royal Commission.

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Cycling safety: ACT Greens call to step up ‘safe passing’ awareness

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur is calling on ACT Policing and Transport Canberra to step up community education and enforcement of the laws that require vehicles to pass cyclists at a safe distance in the ACT.

“A metre matters. That’s why the ACT passed a law that says vehicles must give cyclists at least one metre of space when passing on our roadways. But for the law to be effective it needs to be enforced,” Ms Le Couteur said.

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Netherlands Embassy receives Actsmart accreditation

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has become an accredited Actsmart business after implementing measures to improve its sustainability, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

There are now 14 embassies which are signed up to the Actsmart Business Recycling program.

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Canberrans urged to be wary of tax time scams

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberrans are being reminded to stay cyber safe when doing transactions online and to be alert to fake tax refunds.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said online scammers often increase their activity around tax time, sometimes impersonating federal agencies like the Australian Tax Office to glean personal information.

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Beating the back to school blues

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

As the second half of the school year kicks off, ACT Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury is encouraging students and young people to look after their mental health, with a reminder of the services available to them in Canberra.

“Tomorrow is Lifeline’s Stress Down Day, and it couldn’t come at a better time as students head back to school for the exams-end of the year,” Minister Rattenbury said.

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First patients arrive at Canberra’s newest hospital

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH) has started treating its first patients, as services spread across the Territory move into Canberra’s new dedicated hospital for rehabilitation and recovery.

Minister for Mental Health and Acting Minister for Health and Wellbeing Shane Rattenbury said this is a landmark day for patients who are being admitted to the new hospital for dedicated rehabilitation and mental health care

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