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Nicole Lawder MLA

Shadow Minister for City Services

Shadow Minister for Seniors

Shadow Minister for Women

Shadow Minister for Arts

Member for Brindabella

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday 13 November 2020

Labor-Greens Government fails to take out the trash

Thousands of Canberra residents’ usual garbage collection services have been disrupted over the past weeks due to a scheduled truck driver strike over a pay dispute. Forty Canberra suburbs have been directly affected, the majority of which are on the southside.

“Many Canberrans are already suffering with cost of living pressures under this government’s expensive rates regime. The least the government can do is ensure that these basic services are provided,” Shadow Minister for City Services Nicole Lawder said.

“Canberrans work hard and shouldn’t have to be carting their rubbish around to drop off sites because the government fails to deliver the most basic services.

“Not everyone is physically able to drop off their garbage, nor does everyone have a vehicle to do so and it is disappointing that the government hasn’t made alternative options for these residents.

“Less than one month into this new Labor-Greens Government and they can’t even ensure that residents’ garbage gets collected. Basic government service standards continue to fall and of course, it’s mostly the southside that once again suffers the consequences,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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Nicole Lawder MLA
Member for Brindabella

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 4 November 2020                         

Seniors portfolio demoted by Labor-Greens Government

The Seniors Ministry has been dropped from the Labor-Greens Government’s new cabinet. The Canberra Liberals are disappointed by this decision, believing this is just another example of the Labor-Greens Government leaving seniors behind.

“The demotion of the Seniors portfolio demonstrates the Labor-Greens Government’s disdain for older Canberrans,” Nicole Lawder said.

“Continuously throughout this pandemic, seniors’ organisations and stakeholders have been pleading for better consultation and communication from the ACT Government.

“Shuffling the portfolio into another is not the answer and it’s simply not good enough.

“We know we have an ageing population and our government should reflect that. The Canberra Liberals are calling on the government to recognise seniors in its own portfolio as has previously been done,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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This Aged Care Employee Day, the Canberra Liberals recognise the extraordinary and self-sacrificing efforts of Canberra’s aged care workers.

 

Nicole Lawder MLA

Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Member for Brindabella
Shadow Minister for Urban Services, Seniors and Heritage

Media release

Friday August 7, 2020

Canberra Liberals recognise tireless efforts of aged care workers

 

This Aged Care Employee Day, the Canberra Liberals recognise the extraordinary and self-sacrificing efforts of Canberra’s aged care workers.

The Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder will today visit aged care workers to honour their efforts throughout the public health emergency.

“Today is a day to acknowledge aged care employees who, despite the risks with COVID-19 continue to turn up and serve some of the most vulnerable in our community,” Ms Lawder said.

“Aged care workers are out there on the frontline in extraordinary circumstances, doing their best to care for older Canberrans. We know many of them are tired, working extra hard during these times, amid their own caring duties.

“We want all aged care workers to know that we value their work and respect the profession they have chosen.

“I encourage all Canberrans to today express their gratitude and recognition for the valuable work they do,” Ms Lawder said.

 

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Adoption processes are set to be more child-centred thanks to the steadfast efforts of the Canberra Liberals and community advocates.

 

Nicole Lawder MLA
Deputy Leader of the Opposition 
Member for Brindabella

Elizabeth Kikkert MLA
Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services
Member for Ginninderra

 

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday August 13, 2020

 

ADOPTION PROCESSES SET TO BE MORE CHILD-CENTRED AFTER LONG PUSH FOR CHANGE

Adoption processes are set to be more child-centred thanks to the steadfast efforts of the Canberra Liberals and community advocates.

Long-awaited changes to the Adoption Act 1993 due to be debated in the ACT Legislative Assembly today were first advocated for by the Canberra Liberals in 2015.

Then Shadow Minister for Families and Community Services Nicole Lawder moved motions in the Assembly to improve adoption processes to produce better outcomes for children and adoption parents.

A Domestic Adoptions Taskforce was subsequently established which recommended legislative change in a 2017 report.

The changes currently before the Assembly will make adoption processes more child-centred by expanding the definition of what’s in the best interest of the child. This expansion will include consideration of the preservation of cultural inheritance and identity of the child, intellectual needs, emotional and stable living conditions, existing relationships and the need to protect the child from exposure to abuse or neglect.

“While these are small changes, they are important to ensuring the wellbeing of children is the focus of the adoption process,” Ms Lawder said.

“Adoption is an incredibly complex and nuanced process which requires great sensitivity. After years of pushing for reform, I am pleased that the Assembly is taking this positive step forward.”

The Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth Kikkert will move an amendment to ensure the application of the new laws can be assessed after two years.

“We understand the role that stability in home life plays in the healthy development of children. That’s why it’s important to remove any unnecessary obstacles to achieving permanency, including adoption. This bill puts the best interests of the child first,” Mrs Kikkert said. 

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Elderly Canberrans are fearful of being left behind as they struggle to get clear and timely COVID-19 updates from the ACT Government, the Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder said.

 

Nicole Lawder MLA

Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Member for Brindabella
Shadow Minister for Urban Services, Seniors and Heritage

Media release

Thursday 16 July 2020

Fears elderly Canberrans being left behind

 

Elderly Canberrans are fearful of being left behind as they struggle to get clear and timely COVID-19 updates from the ACT Government, the Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder said.

 

After making thousands of welfare checks to elderly Canberrans in recent months, Ms Lawder says a common theme among seniors has emerged.

“There is a great sense of confusion, uncertainty and loneliness among elderly Canberrans,” Ms Lawder said.

“While the pandemic has presented enormous challenges for everyone, older Canberrans who are more vulnerable to the virus are really feeling the pressure. They’re concerned about their health, they want to follow the rules but are confused about what the rules are, and they are struggling with a deep sense of loneliness.

“We must do more to ensure they feel safe and connected.

“As many are not computer literate, they are limited in their ability to stay up to date with the best and latest health advice. They rely on community organisations, some of which are facing their own challenges in getting information from the government specific to seniors.

“Older Canberrans with legal or caring responsibilities for family members are unsure of how the rules apply to their situation.

“Many are fearful of accessing testing and are reluctant to visit the doctor for fear of contracting the virus.

“On top of all this, many seniors are struggling with loneliness as they can no longer participate in their usual activities.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone and we need to make sure that elderly Canberrans don’t feel like they’re being left behind. We need to ensure they feel safe and connected,” Ms Lawder said.

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