ACT Government welcomes ‘dodgy discounts’ ban

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government today welcomed news that the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) will make a new rule to prohibit energy retailers from making discounts appear bigger than they actually are.

The AEMC is the independent rule maker for Australia’s energy markets.

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Local schools showcased on Actsmart Schools Eco Tour

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Students and teachers from across Canberra today toured some of Canberra’s ‘greenest’ schools to learn about new and innovative sustainability initiatives—lessons that they will take back to their own school environments.

Fifty students and teachers from nine senior schools took part in the Actsmart Eco Tour, visiting two successful Actsmart schools – Merici College and Daramalan College – to learn from their experiences in improving sustainability.

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New passenger reforms see light rail on track to deliver

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberra’s light rail service is one step closer with the second stage of legislative reforms passed today in the Legislative Assembly.

The Road Transport Reform (Light Rail) Legislation Amendment Act 2018 regulates the operation of the light rail as a public passenger service.

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Residential Tenancies Act reforms long overdue: ACT Greens

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today urged the Government to deliver on a range of Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) reforms that have yet to be enacted, some two years on since recommendations were first made.

In June 2016 the Justice and Community Safety Directorate published a review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997. Consultation for this review began in July 2014.

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Win for housing affordability as land tax on vacant homes realised

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today welcomed the Government’s agreement on the land tax on vacant homes, onwards from Caroline Le Couteur’s vacant land tax motion last year.

Last March the Greens called for an extension of the current land tax system to also tax vacant properties, irrespective of whether they are being rented out or otherwise.

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Holding the churches to account: Reportable Conduct Scheme to include religious institutions, instructors

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

The ACT Greens today welcomed the Government’s inclusion of religious institutions and instructors in the Reportable Conduct Scheme, onwards from the ACT Greens’ calls in March 2017.

In March 2017, the Greens called on the Government to introduce safeguards to ensure that religious institutions and religious instructors would be included in the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

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ACT Greens: Waste Feasibility Study welcomed, crucial opportunity to rule out incineration missed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Greens have welcomed the ACT Government’s commitment to divert and process more organic waste but have expressed concern that the Government has not ruled out waste incineration.

The Waste Feasibility Study, released today, places a strong focus on diverting and processing organic waste.

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Tracking ACT’s minimum passing rule around cyclists

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Cyclists in Canberra are participating in a new road safety research project to evaluate driver compliance with the minimum passing rule.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury today inspected the fitting of passing distance measuring devices to bicycles which will collect data over the next four weeks as part of the Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) study.

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Reducing crime by strengthening communities

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

An Australian Institute of Criminology report released today confirms that investment in the Ainslie Avenue High Density Housing program is reducing crime and building community resilience.

Minister for Justice Shane Rattenbury said the report shows the approach to community development undertaken through the High Density Program has prevented and reduced crime.

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Cities power partnership unveils expert advisors

Shane Rattenbury MLA

A diverse team of experts, from a farmer through to the Mayor of an outback town, have been announced as expert advisors to Australia’s largest local government climate network.

Farmers for Climate Action CEO Verity Morgan-Schmidt and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan will join Climate Councillor Professor Karen Hussey, Climateworks sustainable transport expert Claire Painter and ACT Minister for Climate Change Shane Rattenbury on the newly-announced Cities Power Partnership expert advisory panel.

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