Scholarships to empower Canberrans with a mental illness

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A ground-breaking Mental Health Scholarship scheme at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) sees Canberrans experiencing a mental illness gain nationally recognised qualifications.

As the Scheme enters its eighth consecutive year, Minister for Mental Health Shane Rattenbury said the scholarship program sees more mental health consumers to strengthen their employment opportunities in the community sector.

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New Victims of Crime Commissioner appointed

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Ms Heidi Yates has been appointed the ACT’s Victims of Crime Commissioner.

Ms Yates is presently the Head of General Practice at Legal Aid ACT and has held a number of roles focused on the delivery of essential services to victims of crime in the territory, particularly those subjected to family violence, sexual assault and harassment.

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NEG must not stymie climate action elsewhere, must deliver on a clean energy future: ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Serious reform is required if the Federal Government’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG) is to allow states and territories like the ACT to deliver on a clean energy future, ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today. 

“In preventing us from making additional emissions reductions, it appears that the NEG will not allow progressive jurisdictions to continue getting on with the job of delivering clean, affordable and reliable energy. This is an extraordinarily backward approach—one well out of step with the Finkel Review.

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Despite Canberra Liberals opposition, UN human rights protections will be realised in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT is now ready for the United Nations Subcommittee to inspect its places of detention following the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) in December.

The Monitoring of Places of Detention (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture) Bill 2017 sets out the powers of the UN Subcommittee should it elect to visit a place of detention in the ACT.

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Protect your heart and wallet when looking for love online

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

This Valentine’s Day Canberrans are being encouraged to be cautious with personal information – and funds - when it comes to looking for love online.

Minister for Consumer Affairs Shane Rattenbury said romance scams tended to spike around February each year and online and social media were rapidly becoming the platforms of choice for would-be scammers.

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Improved health model of care at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Shane Rattenbury, MLC

Detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre will benefit from improved health services with the implementation of the Winnunga Nimmityjah Model of Care.

Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury said an additional health care investment of $8 million over two -and-a-half years in part of the Government’s commitment to implement its response to the Moss Review.

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Improving security at the Alexander Maconochie Centre

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

The ACT Government will invest nearly $9 million in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) to improve security arrangements.

Minister for Corrections Shane Rattenbury said the government would commit $8.8 million over the next three-and-a-half years to enhance security at the AMC following a number of recent reviews.

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Community survey to give insight of climate change impacts

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

A comprehensive community survey assessing attitudes and vulnerability to climate change will take place over coming weeks, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury announced today.

“The survey will consider how Canberrans view, experience, and adapt to the changing climate,” Mr Rattenbury said.

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Have your say on speeding enforcement in the ACT

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Canberrans can share their thoughts on the ACT’s road safety camera program as part of a community survey launched today by the Monash University Accident Research Centre.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury said the ACT Government-funded initiative was an opportunity for the community to have their say on speeding enforcement in the ACT.

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Slow down in school zones or pay the price

Shane Rattenbury, MLA

Drivers are on notice for the start of the school year - from next Monday (5 February) it is time to slow down to 40km/h between 8am and 4pm in school zones.

Minister for Road Safety Shane Rattenbury and Acting Chief Police Officer for the ACT Mark Walters together urged Canberrans to help keep children safe by obeying the limit.

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