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Google to rule Canberra’s schools

JOY Burch has launched Google Apps for Education in ACT public schools at Lake Tuggeranong College. “The ACT is truly leading the nation with learning that is anytime, anywhere,” Joy said. “Google Apps for Education offer online tools for classroom collaboration. They provide students and teachers with unlimited cloud storage in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets […]

Judicial reforms pass the Assembly

SIMON Corbell has announced a raft of changes passed in the Legislative Assembly yesterday, he says they are intended to increase efficiency in the ACT’s judicial system and improve the community’s access to justice. “The Courts Legislation Amendment Bill amends a number of different Acts and supplements other measures recently put in place to streamline […]

Another five years of Phil Green as the ACT Electoral Commissioner

ASSEMBLY Speaker Vicki Dunne says that after a merit-based recruitment process the Electoral Commissioner, Phil Green, has been re-appointed for a term of five years. Vicki made the appointment on behalf of the Assembly. “The Electoral Commissioner is independent of government as an officer of the Assembly under the Electoral Act 1992 after amendments that […]

Further protections for Indigenous Canberrans and Children

SIMON Corbell has introduced reforms to the ACT Legislative Assembly today to recognise the cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. “The ACT Government is strengthening the Human Rights Act following a review of the operation and scope of the legislation,” Simon said. “It is important that the ACT Government makes sure its […]

Tweaks to witness protections at coronial inquests

SIMON Corbell says he is legislating to provide witnesses who give evidence at a coronial inquest or inquiry with additional legal protections. “The changes to the Coroners Act will protect witnesses against self-incrimination, as is consistent with the Human Rights Act,” Simon says. “Previously witnesses did not have this privilege, and by providing it, we […]

Shane wants anti-abortion protestors moved on

SHANE Rattenbury says the ACT should have privacy zones around fertility control and reproductive health clinics to allow women to freely access safe and legal medical procedures without fear of condemnation or interference. “The ACT Greens will be looking into legislation to create a privacy zone to ensure women are able to access the health […]

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Unanimous support for banning puppy farms in the ACT

SHANE Rattenbury says new legislation to prevent puppy and kitten farms and improve animal welfare standards for animals bred in the ACT was passed with unanimous support in the ACT Legislative Assembly today. Stemming from the Labor-Greens Parliamentary agreement, the Domestic Animals (Breeding) Legislation Amendment Bill aims to prevent intensive breeding operations that exploit animals […]

Corbell gives up on Uriarra solar farm, aims for Williamsdale

SIMON Corbell says the ACT Government has agreed to license parts of blocks 1470 and 1471 District of Tuggeranong (Williamsdale) to Elementus Energy as an alternative location for its OneSun Capital solar project, originally proposed for Coree, near Uriarra Village. Simon said under the feed-in-tariff arrangements made through the reverse solar auction process it was […]

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Manuka business petitions for a lunchtime Barton shuttle bus

STEVE Doszpot has received a petition from the Manuka Business Association calling for a shuttle bus from the parliamentary zone to Manuka and Kingston during busy from 12 noon to 2:30pm Monday to Friday. The petition received nearly 1800 signatures. “The ACT government seems to be more focused on light rail than delivering the public […]

Consultation on the ACT Arts Policy Framework

JOY Burch says consultation is now open on the ACT Arts Policy Framework Review. “The ACT is home to innovative artists and arts organisations and is an important part of the cultural richness of Australia,” Joy said. “The current ACT Arts Policy Framework was released in 2012 and reflects the ACT Government’s continuing commitment to […]

Cross border surgery deal

NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner and Simon Corbell have announced a new partnership to provide local surgical services for NSW patients who are currently on ACT waiting lists. The arrangement between ACT Health and the Southern NSW Local Health District (SNSWLHD) provides for some low-risk elective surgeries and caesarean births for NSW-based patients to […]

No report on the Ambulances, but a blueprint for change emerges

JOY Burch has released a “blueprint for enhancing professionalism of the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS)”. “’Enhancing Professionalism: A Blueprint for Change’ is the culmination of a number of internal review processes that the ACT Ambulance Service has undertaken over the past 18 months,” Joy said. “The ACT Ambulance Service continues to deliver the highest standards […]

Toot Toot! Capital Metro consortia unveiled

SIMON Corbell says two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network. The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s biggest and most respected companies when it comes to delivering major infrastructure projects and operating successful public transport networks. The successful consortia will now progress […]

A further Fluffy bill passes the Assembly

ANDREW Barr says the Legislative Assembly has passed a Bill which will enable the ACT Government to provide further support to homeowners affected by Mr Fluffy. The Dangerous Substances (Loose Fill Asbestos Eradication) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 provides support for affected homeowners as well as administrative and regulatory amendments to enable the continued rollout of […]

Putting skippy on the pill

SIMON Corbell and Shane Rattenbury have announced funding for a research trial into the use of a fertility control vaccine as a potential non-lethal approach to Eastern Grey Kangaroo management. “The government is committed to the management of the endangered grasslands and woodlands that in some areas are being impacted by large populations of kangaroos,” […]