More housing for more Canberrans in need: ACT Greens call for more housing stocks at Common Ground Gungahlin

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

As demand for crisis and affordable housing grows in Canberra, the ACT Greens today called for an additional building at the Common Ground housing site in Gungahlin.

“Since it opened in 2015, the Common Ground model in Gungahlin—made up of 40 units—has provided significant support to those in need of crisis and affordable housing,” Greens Housing spokesperson Caroline Le Couteur said today.

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Support the environment and your hip pocket by going paperless

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Did you know that the paper bill in your mailbox could be costing you in addition to the bill itself? Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said it was important that Canberrans were aware that there could be fees for choosing paper bills over email invoices.

Many businesses these days are charging consumers for paper bills which can add up over the course of a year, especially for people on a low income,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Nation’s climate action capital sets world-leading environmental targets

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced the ACT is among world leaders in climate policy, setting a nation-leading target to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 – bringing forward the previous target of 2050 by five years.

“The ACT is committed to tackling climate change by delivering ambitious clean energy and zero net emission targets,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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ACT Greens: Advancing reconciliation through our national institutions

Caroline Le Couteur, MLA

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

With Canberra-based national arts and cultural institutions struggling after repeated Budget cuts, the Commonwealth must act to ensure these institutions can realise their mandates, the ACT Greens said today.

In a submission to the Federal Inquiry into Canberra’s National Institutions, the ACT Greens called on the Federal Government to adequately fund more than twenty national institutions, and to establish a top-level National Institutions Council to support culture, heritage and the arts in the nation’s capital.

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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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