The ACT Government has appointed longstanding Liberal MLA Brendan Smyth as the territory’s first commissioner for international engagement starting from August 1, meaning there is likely to be a count back to fill his seat in the electorate of Brindabella for the last few weeks before the election in October.
Mr Smyth, who is deputy leader [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is letting us know that the Greens care about that multicultural things:
The Greens multicultural initiatives include:
– $127,000 for 10 ACT interpreter scholarships to assist people to become interpreters in languages where there are identified shortages.
– $500,000 for a cultural understanding grants program to encourage understanding and cooperation between people of [...]
Not to be left behind with announceables for the aged the Greens Amanda Bresnan has joined in:
The ACT Greens Older Person’s initiative includes new announcements of:
– the Older Person’s Assembly being held twice in the next four years; and
– $1.25m in new funding to expand Advanced Care Planning.
Because the Canberra Times, the Legislative Assembly, and [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced the Greens’ Parenting Programs Commitment.
– Increase funding for the Pregnancy to Parenting Program, to improve education of parents to be.
– Conduct a feasibility study into opening a second birth centre, to meet overflowing demand from mothers wanting a natural birth.
– Extend the Home Interaction Program for Parents and [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced an OH&S policy for the election:
“Our vision must be to have no deaths on ACT worksites and we must commit to the funding and strategies that will achieve this.”
The Greens have released two key initiatives for the ACT building and construction sector:
– A proposal to raise approximately $2M annually [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is pointing out that almost no-one has any enthusiasm for “Bus rapid transit”:
“The Canberra community agrees with the Greens. Questions we asked the Government about the community consultation on the Gungahlin to Civic transport project revealed that:
– 171 people favoured light rail, and 33 favoured bus rapid transit; and
– Of the [...]
The Greens have announced that their little survey (below) of workplace bullying supports the need for government regulation of your workplace relationships.
“The survey results not only show that bullying remains a real problem in ACT workplaces, but that bullying incidents commonly go unreported. People who do report bulling incidents are frequently dissatisfied with the response [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is ringing the bell for her plans to make roads safer for pedestrians:
“An important part of the Greens’ transport strategy is to reduce traffic speeds at key pedestrian areas such as schools, shopping centres and community centres, and to install new pedestrian crossings and footpaths.
“We have already made submissions to the [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is heralding the triumph of what she sees as The Greens Red Rapid bus routes:
The latest ACTION passenger figures obtained by the ACT Greens reveal the Red Rapid has quickly grown to become the fourth most popular bus route in the ACT.
The ACT Greens negotiated the introduction of the Red Rapid [...]
The Greens have announced their candidates for the October election.
The four Green MLAs will be recontesting their seats, and have been pre-selected by the party to run as the four lead candidates for the election.
“It’s very exciting to see such a great Greens team for 2012,” Ms Hunter said.
“The people standing for the Greens include [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced she’s going to try and legislate more payment options for the badly driving poor:
Greens Transport Spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA, said that the current system of traffic fine administration was resulting in harsh and unjust outcomes for Canberra’s most vulnerable individuals and families.
“It has been described as a ‘sledgehammer [...]
Falling firmly into the “dull but worthy” category the Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced the release of draft legislation to reform the ACT’s Official Visitors who check in on care facilities and prisons.
“The Greens Bill proposes a number of improvements to the way Official Visitors operate, many of which have been promised by Governments over [...]
Having driven out Canberra’s light plastic bags (now replaced by heavier bags) the Greens have now turned their attention to another aspect of your life, workplace bullying:
ACT Greens Industrial Relations spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA, has proposed new laws to improve the investigation of workplace bullying in the ACT, by creating positions for inspectors with specialised [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced her intention to try and get the Official Visitors (who inspect institutions where vulnerable people are living or being cared for) shifted from inside the organisations they oversee to the Public Advocate’s office.
Sounds entirely sensible.
Following on from Zed’s cost of living spray this morning the Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is asking what he plans to do about transport costs:
“Today Mr Seselja pointed to ABS statistics showing the high costs to Canberrans of fuel and transport,” said Greens Transport spokesperson, Amanda Bresnan MLA.
“This is absolutely true, and it is a [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has made a novel proposal to head off objections by prison guards to a needle and syringe program.
delegates of Corrections staff should be given the opportunity to visit and observe prisons in Europe that successfully run needle and syringe programs, in order to better understand what is proposed at the AMC.
The Greens are making sure we know their workplace privacy laws come into force today.
“The laws ensure that no surveillance can occur without disclosure to employees. An employer must tell employees what kind of surveillance is being used and what the surveillance is for. Surveillance records cannot be disclosed or used for unrelated purposes.
“The new [...]
The ACT Government has been closing down rail freight to Canberra for some years now. The cynical might think it’s related to the real estate value of the Kingston land the tracks run over.
This morning the Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has expressed concern:
“Moving to rail freight is a way of preparing for the future and challenges [...]
The ABC has the alarming news that Infrastructure Australia is proposing the Majura Parkway be a toll road.
Infrastructure Australia’s annual report to the Council of Australian Governments says the Majura Parkway is a nationally significant project, and should be tolled to ensure a reasonable proportion of building and maintenance costs are recovered.
Michael Deegan from Infrastructure [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced the release of a discussion paper titled: “A Better Transport Solution for Gungahlin and Wider Canberra”:
The paper argues for a greater commitment to sustainable transport and critically analyses the Government’s approach to transport planning.
“The ACT Greens want to see real transport solutions – solutions that will create convenient, [...]
Following on from Joy Burch’s attack this morning on the cost of the Greens’ public housing plans Amanda Bresnan has returned fire:
“The real problem is that the Minister is scratching her head about the size of the housing problem and what to do in response. The Public Housing Asset Management Strategy expired in 2008 and [...]
Labor’s Joy Burch has come out swinging against the housing policies of her partners in Government, the Greens, and their public housing policies:
The ACT Greens must explain to the Canberra community how they would pay for their call to increase public housing by 30 per cent in 10 years, which would cost more than $1.4 [...]
The Greens’s Amanda Bresnan is nonplussed by musings from the Government that light rail shouldn’t be ruled out of Canberra’s transport plans (as breathlessly reported by the Canberra Times).
“The Greens have been the strongest advocates for quality public transport for Canberra, and we’re glad that the Government is now at least talking about light rail [...]
The ACT Greens have accused the ACT Government of basing its argument that a Majura parkway would divert freight from Canberra on guesswork.
The ACT Government has claimed a freeway through the Majura Valley is needed to keep freight trucks out of urban Canberra. Questioning from the ACT Greens has revealed that the ACT Government’s arguments [...]
The Greens Amanda Bresnan is calling for a change to the way the ACT Government plans road projects.
Sadly not to build bigger and better roads, but rather they want us to consider the ways that less roads will lead to less road use.
Amanda Bresnan, ACT Greens transport spokesperson, cited a new report from the Victorian [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is concerned that construction of 500 parking places in the Parliamentary Triangle will be bad for transport.
“It might seem like the sale of land in the Parliamentary Triangle for a 500-space car space is a positive move, but we think that in the long run this will only entrench Canberra’s transport [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced that she’s generally in favour of Joy Burch’s design competition and plan to knock down the horrible Northbourne flats and try again.
But she does want the public housing numbers to be maintained.
“This is a great opportunity to reinvigorate public housing and increase density along a key transit route, Northbourne [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has penned a lengthy screed on why the ACT Budget should invest more on public transport when it is released today.
Apparently we want Canberra to be more like Bogota, ready supplies of cheap high quality blow would certainly be appreciated by many Canberrans.
But the intriguing thing is timing.
Treasurer Katy Gallagher was [...]
Green’s health spokesperson Amanda Bresnan has saluted with a tear in her eye as the mighty Little Company of Mary pounds the ACT Government into submission and the bold endeavour of freeing Canberra’s hospital system from the Roman Catholic Church comes to naught.
“While I personally would like to take the challenge to the Board of [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has finally had enough of the divergent realities of Pollyanna Gallagher and Cassandra Hanson:
“It’s getting increasingly frustrating to watch the two old parties claiming such radically different interpretations of the state of the ACT health system, when both know very well that the truth is in between,” Ms Bresnan
“It’s predictable that [...]
The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has some quibbles following this morning’s announcement of a primary health care strategy.
“While the key principles and the intent behind the document is very good, the actions behind this intent are vague. I appreciate this is a consultation document, but the Government needs to outline how we are going to have [...]
The Greens Amanda Bresnan is calling for leadership following the alarming Challenging Racism report results this morning:
“Rather than promoting understanding, politicians have instead recently tabled an anti-Muslim petition, made insensitive remarks about refugees attending the funeral of people killed near Christmas Island and insulted traditional Islamic Halal food preparation.
“The use of asylum seekers [...]