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Media Release Wednesday 30 April 2014

The housing crisis is getting worse as new research shows there are no affordable rental options for struggling Canberra families. The Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot which reviews thousands of properties in Canberra and Queanbeyan paints a dire picture, Shadow Minister for Housing Nicole Lawder said today.

Media Release Wednesday 5 February 2014

The ACT Labor government has made a mockery of its self-proclaimed environmental and green credentials by failing to maintain the health of the Giralang Pond, Shadow Minister for the Environment Nicole Lawder said today.

“It’s ironic that Shane Rattenbury and Simon Corbell are fighting each other in a race to become the most environmentally conscious minister the ACT has ever seen but they can’t stop a suburban pond from becoming a poisonous waterway,” Ms Lawder said.

“Fish are dying; the biodiversity of the pond is being eroded while people who live in the precinct are being forced to stay inside their homes to escape the pungent smell of a rotting environment where the water is turning black.

“It smacks of poor basic governance when these ministers speak about saving the environment through unachievable greenhouse pollution targets and building a light rail system, yet they can’t even keep a suburban pond healthy.

“Shane Rattenbury and Simon Corbell need to focus on fixing the local environment instead of brainstorming dangerous ideas which could jeopardise the ACT’s economy and way of life,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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Contact: Joe Prevedello 0402768432

The portfolio of Family & Community services encompasses Childcare, Care and Protection Services and the wider community engagement.

The Canberra Liberals believe we need to be making childcare more affordable and accessible for Canberra Families. We will be waiting for the Productivity Commission report into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning to be released in October this year to start work on developing a Childcare policy which will benefit all Canberrans. Accessible and affordable Childcare can increase participation in the workforce while optimising children’s learning development.  

Care & Protection Services looks after some of our most vulnerable Canberrans, children who need our help. The Canberra Liberals will be holding the Minister to account to ensure that the Care & Protection Service in the ACT is run as effectively and efficiently as possible. The Public Advocate and The Auditor General have, in recent years, released reports indicating the mismanagement in this department. We will be doing everything in our power to make sure the government does not fail the community in this area anymore. I will be developing policies based on the varying reports which have been released to improve this department and ensure the protection of our children.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact my office in relation to any queries you may have surrounding Family & Community Services issues.

Family and Community Services Portfolio-related Issues

Media Release Wednesday 9 April 2014

It’s disappointing that Shane Rattenbury has sold himself out as a Greens MLA by deciding not to support the Canberra Liberals’ call for an independent inquiry by the Auditor-General into reporting failures at the Koppers site in Hume, Shadow Minister for Environment Nicole Lawder said today.

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

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