Page 4244 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 24 October 2017
• strengthen the response to domestic, family and sexual violence;
• establish a new City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency;
• tighten access to cash facilities in gaming venues and provide incentives for venues to diversify their business model away from gaming;
• make a night out safer through new drink spiking and liquor laws;
• automatically recognise civil unions and same-sex marriages that have occurred overseas; and
• establish an Australian-first Reconciliation Day public holiday.
We want to keep the Canberra we love but make it better. Our focus over the past year has been on funding and delivering our comprehensive election platform across our priorities of health services, better schools and facilities for our kids, a transport system that caters for a growing city, better and tidier suburbs and a strong and job-creating economy. We are renewing our city and delivering better and more essential services to more Canberrans. Our balanced budget position provides a firm basis to deliver the government’s policies.
The ACT is the fastest growing state or territory in Australia and the ACT government is continuing to invest in the infrastructure and services Canberrans need as our city continues to grow. Tracks are in the ground on light rail stage 1, and new rapid bus services will keep Canberrans moving. And we have delivered free off-peak and weekend bus transport for concession cardholders as a key cost-of-living and community participation measure.
We have expanded the emergency department at the Canberra Hospital and started further significant upgrades at the hospital, boosted funding to attract more nurses to our health system, launched a HIV prevention pre-exposure prophylaxis trial and opened the bush healing farm. We have started shaping the future of education in the territory through engagement with students, parents and teachers. We are:
• funding safe schools to make sure our public schools include and support everyone;
• delivering significant school upgrades;
• expanding capacity in our city’s growth areas; and
• ahead of schedule in the rollout of electronic devices for high school and college students.
The government has made a record investment in out of home care, established the office for disability and provided extra counselling support services for LGBTIQ Canberrans during this divisive, non-binding marriage equality postal survey.
We have established the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency, created a major events fund to attract more large events and shows to our city. We have reduced caravan registration costs for Canberrans and opened two new solar farms within the ACT to help us reach our 100 per cent renewable target by 2020.