Wednesday 2 November 2016

ACT Leader of the Opposition, Alistair Coe has announced the Canberra Liberals Shadow portfolios. The new roles demonstrate the Canberra Liberals commitment to delivering an alternative vision for Canberra, one that will work against a two-tier society and look out for families, youth, seniors and the most vulnerable members of the community.

“Each one of the new Canberra Liberals Members will be taking on portfolio responsibilities with Members from the 8th Assembly taking on new challenges,” Mr Coe said today.

“I will continue as the Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Transport, I will also take on the role of Economic Development. Each of these portfolios are key areas in terms of growth and employment for our city.

“My deputy, Nicole Lawder will take on the Planning, Infrastructure and Heritage portfolios and will work closely with the community to ensure we are getting the planning needs for Canberra right.

“Andrew Wall will remain the Shadow Minister for Industrial Relations and will become the Shadow Minister for Local Business and Tourism and the Shadow Minister for Education and Training. With Mr Wall’s background in small business and management he will bring fresh ideas to each portfolio.

“Jeremy Hanson remains the Shadow Attorney-General and Shadow Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. Mr Hanson brings a wealth of knowledge to both roles and represented each in the past Assembly with pride.

“Giulia Jones will add the Police and Emergency Services and Corrections portfolios to her responsibilities along with her former role as the Shadow Minister for Women. Mrs Jones took on the portfolio of Emergency Services just months before the October election and hit the ground running with new ideas which she will no doubt continue to do.

“Steve Doszpot has extensive experience running organisations and will now use those experiences and skills to represent the Canberra Liberals as Shadow Minister of Urban Services. Mr Doszpot will also remain Shadow Minister for ICT and Seniors.

“Vicki Dunne will take on the role of Shadow Minister for Health as well as Shadow Minister for Arts. Mrs Dunne has spent the past four years as Speaker of the Assembly and with the skills and knowledge she gained from that role will continue the Canberra Liberals fight for a local Health system all Canberrans deserve.

“Elizabeth Lee will represent that Canberra Liberals as Shadow Minister for Environment and Shadow Minister for Disability. Ms Lee has a background in law and will tackle her new responsibilities with the enthusiasm she approaches all aspects of her new role with.

“Elizabeth Kikkert is a mother of five children and has strong family values and with that will become the Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services as well as the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

“Mark Parton will take on the roles of Shadow Minister for Housing and Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing. Mr Parton has a keen interest in both of these areas and will work with Canberrans to ensure all voices are heard within these portfolios.

“James Milligan will represent our team as the Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Sport and Recreation. Mr Milligan’s strong community connections will no doubt stand him in good stead to take on these important responsibilities.

“I’m extremely proud of our Shadow Ministry. We all look forward to the next four years of service to the people of the ACT and serving in our respective roles with honour,” Mr Coe concluded.

Canberra Liberals Shadow Ministry
Alistair Coe
Economic Development

Nicole Lawder
Planning and Infrastructure

Andrew Wall
Education and Training
Local Business and Tourism
Industrial Relations

Jeremy Hanson
Veterans’ Affairs

Giulia Jones
Police and Emergency Services

Vicki Dunne

Steve Doszpot
Urban Services

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Kikkert
Families, Youth and Community Services
Multicultural Affairs

Mark Parton
Gaming and Racing

James Milligan
Indigenous Affairs
Sport and Recreation

5 October 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government will make the necessary changes so it’s quicker and easier for Canberrans to adopt locally. Our plans will make the adoption process more streamlined, which is in the best interests of children and families, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.

“In some cases, families wishing to adopt in the ACT have had to deal with a process taking several years. It just isn’t good enough,” Ms Lawder said.

“Our commitments to speed up local adoption total $1.163 million and include:

  • $150,000 for an independent review of the local adoption process in the ACT.
  • More than $700,000 for additional caseworkers.
  • More than $300,000 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support workers.


“Through a review of blockages in the system, supporting vulnerable families, more case workers and better information sharing, our efforts will be focused on speeding up local adoption, when it’s in the best interests of the children or young people.

“We want there to be more opportunities to secure permanency of a relationship through adoption and will strive to get the best out of our system in the ACT,” Ms Lawder concluded.

4 October 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government is committed to delivering school infrastructure and quality education for all of our children. Today we’re making additional commitments to strengthen our education plans for all Canberrans, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Our $85 million More Support for All Schools package includes $60 million for infrastructure and capital upgrades for government schools, $17.5 million for kids with special needs in non-government schools and $7.5 million for our special schools. We will also deliver a new site for a Catholic School in Molonglo and flashing safety lights at all Canberra Schools,” Mr Hanson said.
In addition, we will deliver:

  • $15 million for infrastructure upgrades for non-government schools.
  • A badly needed new site for a non-government school in West Belconnen.


“Education will be paramount under a Canberra Liberals Government and unlike ACT Labor and the Greens we can make realistic commitments, because we won’t be wasting $14 billion on trams,” Mr Doszpot said.

“The Canberra Liberals have consulted with parents, teachers and other stakeholders. We know what we need to fix education and we will deliver,” Mr Doszpot concluded.

4 October 2016

The number one priority of a Hanson led Canberra Liberals Government will be fixing the health system that has been so badly neglected by ACT Labor and the Greens over the past 15 years, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Today I’m delighted to be announcing additional commitments to boost services at Calvary Hospital to further strengthen our plan for health across Canberra,” Mr Hanson said.

“Our further commitments include:

  • $12.5 million for an emergency department expansion at Calvary Hospital. Our commitment will expand the adult short stay unit by eight beds to create a net total of 15 adult and 4 paediatric SSU beds. There will also be a new procedure room and paediatric consultation room and 12 new nurses.
  • $4.2 million to upgrade inpatient mental health facilities at Calvary.
  • $1.64 million to expand Calvary’s midwifery-led model of care, so women can receive consistent care from the same midwife for the duration of pregnancy, the birth and post-natal care.

“We have already committed to a $395 million redevelopment of the Canberra Hospital, two new Local Public Hospitals in Gungahlin and Tuggeranong, 52 new nurses at the Canberra Hospital, extra security at the Canberra and Calvary Hospitals, funding to boost GP services and self help organisations, and more public defibrillators.
“The Canberra Liberals are committed to fixing the health system and we can do that because we won’t waste $14 billion on trams,” Mr Hanson concluded.

3 October 2016

A Canberra Liberals Government will deliver $80,000 to help the South Canberra Veterans Shed establish a permanent home, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Men’s Sheds in Canberra are rapidly reaching capacity and new sheds are needed. The South Canberra Veterans Shed organisation has recently been formed and the Canberra Liberals will actively support our ex-service people in their endeavour,” Mr Hanson said.

“The Canberra Liberals will work to find facilities for the South Canberra Veterans Shed and provide $80,000 to help the organisation establish the new shed.

“The idea of getting together ‘shoulder to shoulder’ and doing useful voluntary work is the core of the success of the Men’s Shed Movement and Veterans Sheds for men and women are working to give the same opportunities to ex-service personnel.

“As a former member of the Defence Force I can understand the special camaraderie between ex-service personnel and our commitment will help foster that,” Mr Hanson concluded.