The Canberra Liberals have a strong commitment to the environment. It was a Liberal Government that introduced the ACT’s first Minister for the Environment in the early 1990’s. It was a local Liberal Government in 1997 that introduced the first greenhouse gas reduction targets for any jurisdiction is Australia. Recently in the Assembly I spoke about the need for a single nature conservation agency, and about reducing greenhouse emissions.

The Canberra Liberals also have a strong commitment to reducing waste going to our landfills, to recycling, and to working on our waterways to improve water quality and amenity. We support good management of our nature parks, reserves, and the natural environment. Our beautiful natural environment creates many opportunities for preservation, conservation and tourism.

We are working in this space to develop policies to take to the next election however, in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact my office in relation to your environmental queries.

Environment Portfolio-related Issues

Home ownership

The Canberra Liberals believe that home ownership is the main vehicle for most Canberra families to achieve economic independence and to obtain an asset which will offer protection from financial hardship. Improving housing affordability is a key goal for the Canberra Liberals and we are committed to reducing the barriers of entry to the property market for first home buyers. Making it easier to purchase your first home means people who grew up here in Canberra are more likely to stay and to settle here, and those who have come here to work are more likely to adopt our city as their home.  


The flip side of housing is homelessness, and according to the 2011 Census, the ACT has one of the worst rates of homelessness in the country with 50.0 people per 10,000, compared to a national rate of 48.9 per 10,000. While we have lower than the national average of rough sleepers, areas of concern include sever overcrowding and boarding houses, where we perform worse than the national average.

We are working in this space to develop policies to take to the next election however, in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact my office in relation to your housing queries.

Housing Portfolio-related Issues

Massive 422 per cent increase in dog attacks in Canberra in five years

New data that shows the number of reported dog attacks in Canberra has increased by 422 per cent demonstrates why we need better laws to manage dangerous dogs, Shadow Minister for Urban Services Nicole Lawder said.

In 2017-18, 485 dog attacks were reported to Domestic Animal Services, according to government figures released this week. Five years ago, there were only 93 reported dog attack incidents in 2013-14.

In the calendar year to September 2, 154 dogs were seized after a dog attack. Of these, 78 were declared dangerous, or released on control orders or euthanised.

 "This staggering increase in the number of dog attacks should cause concern for the government," Ms Lawder said.

 "It explains why an increasing number of Canberrans are raising concerns about dog attacks.

 "Canberrans and their pets continue to suffer as a consequence of the continued lack of effective dog management by the Labor-Greens government.

 "Year after year the number of dog attacks increases, demonstrating why we need to deal seriously with the issue of poor dog management.

 "We want Canberrans to feel safe when they walk their dogs around their suburb or at the park. They shouldn’t have to be fearful of being attacked.

 "We need better laws to ensure dog attacks do not go unaccounted.

 "I was pleased to present the first tranche of the Canberra Liberals proposed animal welfare laws to the Assembly this week.

 "With our laws, dog rangers would be better placed to respond appropriately to each of these 485 dog attacks.

 "I urge the government to review the Canberra Liberals’ proposed animal welfare closely," Ms Lawder concluded.

Interested Canberrans and stakeholders can provide feedback on Ms Lawder’s proposed laws at or on the ACT Legislative Register.







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