Barr lays out his program to the election

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ANDREW Barr has announced his planned legislative program for 2016.

“This sitting period, Minister Fitzharris will deliver an election commitment to create more smoke-free public spaces and Minister Rattenbury will bring forward practical legislative amendments to make our roads safer,” Andrew said.

“In future sitting weeks, I will bring forward a comprehensive Red Tape Reduction package that will remove unnecessary costs and requirements on business and make government more efficient. The focus of this package is on practical measures to let businesses strengthen their operations, expand their services and employ more people.

“Similarly, Minister Gentleman is developing a package of legislative amendments to the Territory Plan variation and development assessment processes, which will result in the reduction of red tape holding up worthy developments and stymieing construction jobs growth.

“Minister Corbell and Minister Berry are continuing to lead work across government to reduce the scourge of domestic violence in our community. An upcoming Domestic and Family Violence Bill will strengthen support and protections for victims and give Police new tools to prevent and stop violence in the home.

“Our response in this area is continuing on numerous fronts – from working nationally through Women’s Safety ministers, to helping service providers working on the ground, day-in and day-out.

“Minister Berry is also leading the government’s social inclusion goals, particularly focussing on:

  • refugee groups who have been so important to the city’s fabric and for whom we again recently expressed our support;
  • those Canberrans in need of housing support or other services;
  • the great diversity of people in our local LGBTIQ communities; and
  • harnessing on the power of sport to cross boundaries, foster inclusion and build community.

“I’m confident that the legislative program that we will bring forward this year will ensure Canberra keeps getting better.”

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