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 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.
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.
Nicole Lawder MLA
Member for Brindabella
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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