5 October 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government will make the necessary changes so it’s quicker and easier for Canberrans to adopt locally. Our plans will make the adoption process more streamlined, which is in the best interests of children and families, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.

“In some cases, families wishing to adopt in the ACT have had to deal with a process taking several years. It just isn’t good enough,” Ms Lawder said.

“Our commitments to speed up local adoption total $1.163 million and include:

  • $150,000 for an independent review of the local adoption process in the ACT.
  • More than $700,000 for additional caseworkers.
  • More than $300,000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support workers.


“Through a review of blockages in the system, supporting vulnerable families, more case workers and better information sharing, our efforts will be focused on speeding up local adoption, when it’s in the best interests of the children or young people.

“We want there to be more opportunities to secure permanency of a relationship through adoption and will strive to get the best out of our system in the ACT,” Ms Lawder concluded.

4 October 2016

The number one priority of a Hanson led Canberra Liberals Government will be fixing the health system that has been so badly neglected by ACT Labor and the Greens over the past 15 years, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Today I’m delighted to be announcing additional commitments to boost services at Calvary Hospital to further strengthen our plan for health across Canberra,” Mr Hanson said.

“Our further commitments include:

  • $12.5 million for an emergency department expansion at Calvary Hospital. Our commitment will expand the adult short stay unit by eight beds to create a net total of 15 adult and 4 paediatric SSU beds. There will also be a new procedure room and paediatric consultation room and 12 new nurses.
  • $4.2 million to upgrade inpatient mental health facilities at Calvary.
  • $1.64 million to expand Calvary’s midwifery-led model of care, so women can receive consistent care from the same midwife for the duration of pregnancy, the birth and post-natal care.

“We have already committed to a $395 million redevelopment of the Canberra Hospital, two new Local Public Hospitals in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong, 52 new nurses at the Canberra Hospital, extra security at the Canberra and Calvary Hospitals, funding to boost GP services and self help organisations, and more public defibrillators.
“The Canberra Liberals are committed to fixing the health system and we can do that because we won’t waste $14 billion on trams,” Mr Hanson concluded.

3 October 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government will deliver $80,000 to help the South Canberra Veterans Shed establish a permanent home, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Men’s Sheds in Canberra are rapidly reaching capacity and new sheds are needed. The South Canberra Veterans Shed organisation has recently been formed and the Canberra Liberals will actively support our ex-service people in their endeavour,” Mr Hanson said.

“The Canberra Liberals will work to find facilities for the South Canberra Veterans Shed and provide $80,000 to help the organisation establish the new shed.

“The idea of getting together ‘shoulder to shoulder’ and doing useful voluntary work is the core of the success of the Men’s Shed Movement and Veterans Sheds for men and women are working to give the same opportunities to ex-service personnel.

“As a former member of the Defence Force I can understand the special camaraderie between ex-service personnel and our commitment will help foster that,” Mr Hanson concluded.

4 October 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government is committed to delivering school infrastructure and quality education for all of our children. Today we’re making additional commitments to strengthen our education plans for all Canberrans, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Our $85 million More Support for All Schools package includes $60 million for infrastructure and capital upgrades for government schools, $17.5 million for kids with special needs in non-government schools and $7.5 million for our special schools. We will also deliver a new site for a Catholic School in Molonglo and flashing safety lights at all Canberra Schools,” Mr Hanson said.
In addition, we will deliver:

  • $15 million for infrastructure upgrades for non-government schools.
  • A badly needed new site for a non-government school in West Belconnen.


“Education will be paramount under a Canberra Liberals Government and unlike ACT Labor and the Greens we can make realistic commitments, because we won’t be wasting $14 billion on trams,” Mr Doszpot said.

“The Canberra Liberals have consulted with parents, teachers and other stakeholders. We know what we need to fix education and we will deliver,” Mr Doszpot concluded.

28 September 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government will implement a three pronged approach to boosting local tourism and realising the huge potential we have to attract more interstate and international visitors as well as business visitors, Shadow Minister for Tourism Nicole Lawder said today.

“Local government needs to be proactive working with local industry to identify how our market can be boosted. We should listen to and expand on their ideas and help those who are working hard to boost tourism,” Ms Lawder said.

“If elected, the Canberra Liberals will:

- Host an ACT Tourism Industry Symposium to identify tourism innovation and provide the government with advice on strategies to deliver new tourism opportunities and products. 

- Review all legislation and regulations affecting local tourism operators, with the aim of reducing red tape. 

- Provide $375,000 for the Canberra Convention Bureau to continue its work growing the business tourism market.

“We need to listen to local operators. They are the experts and know how local government can best enhance the local sector.

“Canberra has huge untapped potential as a destination for ecotourism, leisure tourism and business tourism, from both interstate and international visitors. It’s time to realise it under a Canberra Liberals Government,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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