Shane's News from the Assembly (Aug 14)

The campaign to allow medicinal cannabis is growing, following from my tabling of a Greens discussion paper and draft legislation last week.  You can read my speech here or email my office to let me know your views.

The ACT will be the only jurisdiction to defy the Abbott Government’s attempt to remove the role of the Commonwealth from environmental protection, with a Bill tabled yesterday which delivers on the Parliamentary Agreement item to maintain an ongoing approvals role for the Federal Government in environment protection matters.

 Disappointingly in the Assembly this fortnight, the old parties passed a Bill making it harder for independents and small parties to get elected.

As Greens Minister I recently:

  • Launched the new NEXTBUS real-time bus information system
  • Launched the new Park and Ride facility for bus and light rail commuters at Gungahlin
  • Spoke in support of constitutional recognition for first peoples at the annual ACTCOSS conference
  • Opened the new indigenous circle court

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.