28 April 2011

Greens unveil their 2011 budget proposals

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The Greens’ Meredith Hunter has announced the Greens $41 million budget proposals which the government can probably ignore because who really thinks the Greens are going to side with the Liberals on anything now?

“While many are prospering in Canberra at the moment it’s important to recognise that life is still hard for many families who need real services to help them put a roof over their head and pay the bills.

“There are also pressures on families in terms of transport costs with high fuel prices, particularly for Belconnen and Tuggeranong residents. The Greens are calling on the Government to replicate the successful Red Rapid service for the North and South of Canberra.”

The Greens have called for the 2011-12 ACT Budget to include:
· $12.695m Boost to Mental Health funding
· $10m increase in Public Housing
· $2m for Rapid Red bus routes in Belconnen and Tuggeranong
· $2.5m Community Legal Centre hub & homeless legal service
· $2m increase in energy efficiency in Public Housing
· $1.1m Sustainable Development Incentives package

(There’s a detailed list of proposals if you follow the link)

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Many of these ideas sound reasonable. However, as usual with the Greens, I see absolutely zero mention of how these things are going to be paid for. Where are the ideas for encouraging businesses/entrepreneurship, and reducing red tape?

joingler said :

Increase to mental health funding is ridiculous. I’ve had to deal with it many times in the past and find that I can get better help going out to Yass hospital than anywhere in Canberra.

Sounds to me like a pretty good reason to increase funding.

Gungahlin Al5:05 pm 28 Apr 11

I can’t see anything on that list anyone would have a problem with.
Green waste bins? Bring them on. I need one already and our garden is only 2 years old and we have two compost bins and a worm farm. I’d be shot without the trailer – or just dumping it all in the waste bin, whcih defeats the purpose. (In Maroochy Shire we did an extensive survey and found that 67% of all garbage bin content was organic. They now have three wheelie bins.)
Street recycling bins/collection – tick. (Worked pretty damn well at the Folk Festival – cudos to Orana for running that project.)
More water bubblers – tick.
Shopfront – tick.
Better pathway lighting – tick.
You get the drift.

Thoroughly Smashed4:08 pm 28 Apr 11

Red Rapid in Tuggeranong sounds good. If I could get to work by bus quickly and without the need for transfers I would do so. As things currently stand I’m quite happy to continue saving huge wads of time as a single occupant car driver.

Cant believe im saying this but I support some of the things on the Greens budget. Something not listed in Johnboys excerpt its three quarters of a million for a Gungahlin Govvie Shopfront. That I can support.

Improved community path lighting would also be good up in Gunners which is in their proposal.

It is puzzling how the Greens are beating the Families drum when people are the cause of all the ills the Greens say they want to fix. Take a turd, call it a Family and everyone will praise it.

Just save the $41 Million and F@#$% them off

Increase to mental health funding is ridiculous. I’ve had to deal with it many times in the past and find that I can get better help going out to Yass hospital than anywhere in Canberra.

I find their Red Rapid duplication a little odd though. Beclonnen and Tuggers both have the 300 series. Perhaps it could work in Tuggeranong as they are a fair distance from the city but how would a Red Rapdi in Belconne work? Going down Gininderra drive to Kippax perhaps? It seems rather strange and pointless to me

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