Shane's News from the Assembly (July 17)

Sadly, on Thursday, as you probably heard, the Abbott Government repealed the price on carbon – Australia’s most systematic climate change reform. While we knew it was coming, the reality of the moment was shocking. Nonetheless I know that in the face of this setback a new generation of activists – both old and young – will be inspired to stand up for real climate action, and the Greens will never stop standing up for the future of our children.

As you will know the introduction of a 6th ACT Minister has led to a reshuffle of portfolios. Read my reflections on the Greens’ legacy in Housing and future opportunities.

Last week I was pleased to welcome the Auditor-General, Ombudsman and members of the ACT Electoral Commission as officers of the ACT Legislative Assembly, delivering on another Greens’ integrity reform and Parliamentary Agreement item.

Next week I will be hosting an event with Canberra Friends of Dili on environmental campaigning and permaculture in Timor-Leste, featuring activist and troubadour Ego Lemos. Find out more and RSVP here.

As Greens Minister I recently:

  • Welcomed the first of 77 new low-pollution buses to the ACTION fleet, the first in the country to meet strict Euro6 emissions standards.
  • Launched the new fenced dog park in O’Connor. Click here for images of happy inner north pooches.
  • Opened NAIDOC week at the official flag raising event
  • Met with Brisbane’s transport Councillor and transport experts to learn about that city’s sustainable solutions to traffic congestion. I visited the Goldcoast and met with light rail project managers. This week I met Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore at our civic cycle loop to share ideas on cycle infrastructure and sustainable cities.

Out in the community I recently:

For news about what I’m doing as a Greens Minister check out my page on the ACT Open Government Website and keep updated via my facebook and twitter.