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Friday 23 April 2021

Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder will host an Assistive Technology Australia (ATA) pop-up event at the ACT Legislative Assembly today.

Ms Lawder said assistive technology is one of the great successes of modern technology.

“It covers everything from kitchen utensils to sensory aids for people who are vision and or hearing impaired,” said Ms Lawder.

“I am so pleased to host the team from ATA to showcase their incredible products to other Members of the Assembly and stakeholders.

The impartial, informed advice that ATA provides to seniors and people living with a disability is invaluable.

“Having that third party consultation with an organisation that isn’t a supplier is so crucial to finding the right assistive technology for a person’s individual needs and circumstances.

“Despite not having a permanent location in Canberra, the ATA team frequently travel and make themselves available to Canberrans, I thank them for that,” Ms Lawder concluded.

Event Information: The Assistive Technology Australia pop-up will take place Friday April 23 between 11:30am-2:00pm in the Reception Room at the ACT Legislative Assembly. Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder and consumers in attendance will be available for interview

Thursday 22 April 2021

The Minister for Water has once again deflected questions about the deteriorating Lake Tuggeranong Research Project.

After several attempts by Liberal Member for Brindabella Nicole Lawder to raise the issue in the Legislative Assembly today, the Minister accused Ms Lawder of being anti-science.

“My concern and continuing questions about the research project in Lake Tuggeranong have nothing to do with being anti-science,” said Ms Lawder.

“Residents have an abandoned experiment by the Labor-Greens Government to improve water quality in Lake Tuggeranong that is now adding to the lake’s pollution and spreading plastic throughout the water.

“The decaying experiment is adding to the long list of water quality issues we have in Lake Tuggeranong and it’s simply not good enough. It is time the Minister took some action and got the experiment cleaned up or removed.

“For years now, this government has poured money into improving water quality at Lake Tuggeranong and residents just aren’t experiencing any results.

“The least the Minister can do while we are experiencing these water quality issues is ensure that the projects he is responsible for are not adding to the problem.” Ms Lawder concluded.

Thursday 4 March 2021

In Estimates Hearings today, the Minister for City Services refused to rule out building a new cemetery in the middle of the solar farm on Mugga Lane, smack bang on top of a Landcare area and Dog Trap Creek.

When questioned by Shadow Minister for City Services Nicole Lawder about a giant sign erected prior to the 2020 election stating, ‘Southern Memorial Park will be built here’, Minister Steel refused to confirm if the cemetery would be built where the sign was erected.

The Minister also failed to advise if Southern Memorial Park would be built further along Long Gully Road or Mugga Lane.

“A year ago, there was a big government announcement about a tender for design work, expected to be completed in June 2020,” said Ms Lawder.

“We are yet to see that report, and the Minister still cannot confirm the exact location for the cemetery or if it will ever go ahead.

“Clearly the government was in such a hurry to put up great big signs before the election, they didn’t care where the signs were erected.

“It would be ludicrous to build the cemetery where the sign is erected, yet the Minister would not reject that suggestion.

“Meanwhile, the Southern Memorial Park remains a distant promise from as long ago as 2012. The project remains just another example on a long list of promises that this Labor-Greens Government has failed to deliver,” Ms Lawder concluded.

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder will move a motion in the Legislative Assembly today, calling on the Labor-Greens Government to investigate and implement changes to the Age-Friendly City Plan 2020-2024, to improve accessibility for those living with dementia in Canberra.

Ms Lawder said introducing and normalising dementia friendly design practises doesn’t have to be difficult or come at a significant financial cost.

“It can be as simple as selecting carpet that doesn’t have patterns or installing additional lighting,” said Ms Lawder.

“Dementia is a terrible, debilitating disease which unfortunately is a lot more common than most people realise.

“Sadly, there is still a stigma around dementia, people don’t like talking about it. The reality is most people are going to encounter it either themselves or through a loved one.

“Until there is a cure for dementia, there is always more we can do to make life easier for those living with the disease and supporting their carers.

“Canberra is a city that should be inclusive to all, especially for those most vulnerable in our community.

“If this Labor-Greens Government means what it says about diversity and inclusivity, they must support this motion,” Ms Lawder concluded.

According to Dementia Australia, there are an estimated 472,000 Australians living with dementia in 2021.It is the second leading cause of death of Australians.

Monday 1 March 2021

Three years since first raising the issue, Shadow Minister for Women Nicole Lawder MLA expressed disappointment that the ACT Government’s target for women feeling safe at night in public places is a measly 40%.

“It is frustrating, that after raising this issue three years ago in estimates hearings the Minister and I are again revisiting the same debate.” Shadow Minister for Women Nicole Lawder said.

“The Minister’s argument that this target is reflective of the national statistics for women feeling safe at night doesn’t stack up. This isn’t Sydney or Melbourne; Canberra is a smaller, city and should be aiming higher when it comes to women’s safety.”

“Perhaps the Minster should focus more on working with her colleague Minister Steel to fix the broken streetlights, reduce the walking times for public transport users and improve basic local services. Research shows women feel less safe in areas of poor lighting, litter, and graffiti and with little community police presence. Practical and simple measures must be taken to help women feel safe at night in public places.”

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