1 September 2016

Today the Canberra Liberals have announced a $550,000 investment to upgrade facilities at Greenway Oval. Greenway Oval has been in need of significant upgrades for some time so the facility can continue to cater for families in the Tuggeranong Valley, Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, Steve Doszpot said today.

“Today’s commitment will help many sporting clubs including the Tuggeranong Football Club, Tuggeranong Valley Bushrangers, and ACT Gridiron,” Mr Doszpot said today.

“We will work with these sporting clubs and all users of Greenway Oval to examine the growing needs of the facility and the best possible upgrades that can be delivered with this funding commitment,” Mr Doszpot concluded.

“The community has raised concerns with me about inadequate grandstand, change and shower rooms, coaches’ and media boxes, storage, cleaning and canteen facilities, and access for people with a disability,” Ms Lawder said.

“These concerns have gone unaddressed for too long and I’m proud to be part of a team that is listening to the community and wants to deliver adequate local services.

“Upgrading local community facilities is an important part of our commitment to give Canberrans the local services they deserve,” Ms Lawder concluded.

John Glenn, Chairman of a Joint Committee representing the interests of the three major users of the Greenway Oval said that the users welcomed and fully supported the initiative of the Liberal Party to provide funds for this essential work.

“This is further evidence of the strong support of the Liberals to the youth of Canberra and to sporting pursuits generally,” Mr Glenn said today.

3 September 2016

The Canberra Liberals will build and open new local public hospitals in both Gungahlin and Tuggeranong if elected at next month’s ACT Election. The two new hospitals will have 24 hour emergency departments, 12 bed short stay wards and will be staffed by specialist doctors and nurses, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Health Jeremy Hanson said today.

“The Gungahlin Local Public Hospital and the Tuggeranong Local Public Hospital will provide more beds in more locations, alleviate the poor geographic spread of hospital beds in Canberra and help return the ACT’s health system to the best in the nation,” Mr Hanson said.

“These new hospitals are part of our broader plan for health which includes our previously announced $395 million redevelopment of the Canberra Hospital.

“The Gungahlin Local Public Hospital and the Tuggeranong Local Public Hospital will each include:

  • A 10 bed 24/7 operation emergency department.
  • A 12 bed short stay ward.
  • Care coordination as well as pharmacy, pathology and imaging services.

“At the moment some Gungahlin and Tuggeranong residents have to drive further for emergency hospital services than many residents in regional Australia. Our northernmost and southernmost regions need these hospitals and they’ll become even more important as our city grows.

“ACT Labor has neglected health for 15 years, but under a Canberra Liberals government it will become the major priority. Andrew Barr’s focus is a tram, but my focus is health. That’s the choice for Canberrans at this election, a tram or three brand new hospitals,” Mr Hanson concluded.

The ACT Opposition has accused the Government of turning its back on vulnerable children, after an ABC investigation into the deaths of two young Canberrans.


3 September 2016


The ACT Labor government should be ashamed following an ABC TV program that highlighted abject failures of the ACT's child protection system, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.

"It's a measure of a state as to how it cares for its vulnerable young people and it's clear from Friday Night's ABC program that the Barr government has not only failed miserably, but that it has actually turned its back on the issue," Ms Lawder said.

“Minister Chris Bourke is clearly out of his depth as he demonstrated a lack of understanding of the cases, oversight structure and other issues within the system.

"The ACT Labor government has failed to act on numerous occasions over the past 15 years. There have been several reports on the issue stretching back more than a decade and the government has obviously been inactive. It’s nothing short of shameful.

"The Canberra Liberals are committed to fixing child protection in government. We will look out for vulnerable children, we will not ignore calls for help, and unlike ACT Labor, our Ministers will know what is going on in the system and will address the problems to stop further tragedies," Ms Lawder concluded.


31 August 2016

Hot on the heels of Yvette Berry’s Spotless contract scandal, it’s now obvious the Minister hasn’t had adequate oversight of the funding arrangements for housing provider Inanna Inc, which is apparently struggling to fulfil its obligations, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.

“When organisations receive grants from the government to operate services, there are strict accountability and reporting requirements that must be adhered to. I have serious concerns of what oversight the ACT Government had of Inanna and how the issue has come to this point,” Ms Lawder said.

“It begs the question, what reporting requirements was the organisation supposed to comply with and why didn’t Yvette Berry and her Directorate enforce those reporting requirements? How long has the Minister been aware of these issues?

“Inanna has been delivering vital services to many vulnerable women in our community and it’s disappointing to see that the Barr government has not been able to properly manage its responsibilities to manage funding agreements.

“It appears ACT Labor Ministers are focusing too much on light rail and not on the people most in need of help in our community, not to mention adequate oversight of public spending.

“The overriding concern at this time is that the services provided by Inanna continue to be delivered with no impact on clients. It’s a shame the government has allowed it to reach this point. The Canberra community deserves better,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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