Parliamentary Agreement of the 8th Assembly Joint Communique

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury today met to review progress on the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Assembly.

The Parliamentary Agreement is a shared agenda to be implemented over the four year term of the government covering all portfolio areas. The Agreement was made in 2012 to formalise the relationship between the ACT Greens and the ACT Labor Party to form Government until the next election in October 2016, when the Agreement expires. The parties remain committed to achieving Agreement items and recommit to citing the Agreement when initiatives are delivered.

The review of progress has shown substantial progress across all areas of the Agreement including draft legislation, funded initiatives and policy development.  The majority of items in the Agreement are either completed, or on track and on time, and a substantial number of items received funding in the 2014-15 Budget.

Particular areas of progress since the August 2013 review include:

-        The establishment of Capital Metro Agency, and considerable work towards light rail in the Gungahlin to City corridor;

-        Legislation to ensure 90% of ACT’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2020;

-        $85 million agreement signed with the Federal Government for Murray-Darling Basin priority projects in the ACT to clean up our lakes and waterways;

-        Funding committed to build a secure mental health unit;

-        Establishment of an advanced care planning scheme in the ACT;

-        Further funding and progress towards Common Ground to provide an additional housing option for vulnerable Canberrans;

-        The establishment of the Community Legal Centre Hub and additional funding for the Aboriginal Legal Service;

-        Improved animal welfare in the ACT through passage of legislation to ban caged hens and sow stalls; and

-        Support to bring the Australia Forum to investment ready status.

 “I am pleased with the progress that we have made to date. We can, with the outcomes already delivered, clearly demonstrate our strong commitment to the Parliamentary Agreement,” the Chief Minister said. 

“In the Agreement there were almost 100 individual policy commitments made and around 85% of these commitments are now completed or well underway. In terms of our Parliamentary Reform commitments we have achieved them in full.

ACT Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA said that the Agreement had been a good basis for stable government with both parties having committed to achieving great outcomes for the ACT.

“As we approach the halfway point of the term, I am pleased with the progress we have made on a number of items, especially the Common Ground project, which will be completed by the end of the year, and new legislation that was passed to ban cage eggs and sow stalls in the ACT,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“I am also particularly pleased with the progress on the light rail project, with recent consultations engaging with the community in the early stages of development.”

The next review of the Parliamentary Agreement will occur in February 2015 and we will be working hard over the next two years to continue delivering the Agreement as part of a good, sustainable and progressive Government.

 Statement ends