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.

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.

Monday 8 February 2021

The Office of Seniors and Veterans has not been included in the ACT Legislative Assembly inquiries into Annual and Financial Report Hearings. Following the demotion of the Seniors and Veterans ministry into the Family and Community Services portfolio, the Labor-Greens Government insisted that seniors would still be represented under Assistant Minister Emma Davidson MLA.

“The decision to not include the Office of Seniors and Veterans in the Annual Reports and Estimates Hearings is just another example of this government’s continued contempt for seniors and veterans,” Shadow Minister for Seniors Nicole Lawder said.

“It was disappointing enough when the Labor-Greens Government chose to demote the Seniors and Veterans portfolio, but to now not include them in the public hearings process is a disgrace.”

Shadow Minister for Veterans Jeremy Hanson has also questioned the government about their track record on seniors and veterans. “During December last year I asked the Chief Minister about his government’s mistreatment of the portfolio and received assurances that seniors and veterans would be treated the same as any other area. This is clearly not the case,” Mr Hanson said.

“Seniors and Veterans deserve respect not just in the community but by their government as well. It is a terrible shame that this Labor-Greens Government has failed to include the Office of Seniors and Veterans in the hearing process and they should remedy this mistake immediately,” Mr Hanson concluded.

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.”

Nicole Lawder MLA

Shadow Minister for City Services

Shadow Minister for Seniors

Shadow Minister for Women

Shadow Minister for Arts

Member for Brindabella


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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