Media Release Thursday 9 April 2015
The ACT Labor government needs to engage and consult with public housing tenants to keep them informed about rent levels and other matters affecting their lives, Shadow Minister for Housing Nicole Lawder said today.
"The government’s decision to delay last year’s annual rental review and a decision to change rental rates at a time when private market rents were falling is disappointing. There is an obvious disconnect between the government and residents," Ms Lawder said.
"The government carried out the rental review in March and April of 2014 but public housing tenants have still not been told whether their rent will increase, decrease or stay the same.
"Many people are understandably angry about the government’s delay in making a decision and public housing tenants need to be treated with dignity and not kept in the dark.
"I’m sending a message to the government that it needs to be more open and transparent with public housing residents about rental rates," Ms Lawder concluded.
Media Release Thursday 2 April 2015
I welcome the ACT Redistribution Committee’s announcement today of the new electoral boundaries for the ACT. As of the October 2016 election, the number of MLAs will increase from 17 to 25, with five electorates each returning five members.
The seat of Brindabella has not dramatically changed, although it is now solely Tuggeranong-based, and I am looking forward to representing Brindabella with the same passion that I have so far. Some suburbs are moving from Brindabella (Kambah, Pearce, Torrens, Farrer and Chifley) to the new electorate of Murrumbidgee, and I am confident that my Liberal colleagues will provide the same level of representation to these areas after the next ACT election on 15 October 2016.
Full details of the proposed redistribution can be found at the ACT Electoral Commission website at www.elections.act.gov.au. Objections to the redistribution can be lodged with the Commission until 28 April.
Media Release, Friday 6 February 2015
Canberrans are still paying the highest childcare costs in Australia according to today’s Report on Government Services (ROGS), Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.
“The report shows that Canberra families using long day care services had the greatest out of pocket costs in Australia, shelling out on average $80 more than the national average. These costs add to the spiraling cost of living for average Canberra families, doubling over the past six years,” Ms Lawder said.
“Rising childcare costs is just one example contributing to the rising cost of living across Canberra.
“Joy Burch needs to address the high costs of childcare in the ACT. These costs have risen since 2014 and will continue to climb under the ACT Labor government which doesn’t seem to be addressing cost of living,” Ms Lawder concluded.
Media Release, Friday 6 March 2015
“These upgrades will make a real difference for commuters from Tuggeranong Area. I congratulate the federal government on this announcement. Fixing these black spots will prevent many accidents and is expected to bring considerable economic benefits to the area,” Ms Lawder said.
“There will be new animal fencing, roadside lighting, signage, line marking and barriers. It is good to see the federal government investing in southern Canberra’s infrastructure and I call on the ACT Government to also act to maintain infrastructure that residents are frequently complaining about.
“While rates and taxes continue to go up, residents are reporting that they are seeing less and less maintenance of their parks, footpaths, roads and other facilities.”
“Simon Corbell’s announcement to provide 33 percent of Canberra’s renewable electricity from wind farms will lead to a $93 per year increase in power bills. It’s unfair to be lumping this burden on Canberra families which are already struggling with cost of living,” Ms Lawder said.
“As ACT Labor proceeds with its 90 percent renewable energy target, Canberrans can expect to see more and more of these cost increases. The government needs to prioritise cost of living issues for Canberrans.
“The Canberra Liberals are committed to addressing cost of living issues and will balance that with sound environmental practice. Simon Corbell should take a step back and realise the impost he’s placing on families who will be forced to bear the brunt of his actions,” Ms Lawder concluded.