ACT Greens call for tax on vacant properties

The ACT Greens are today calling for an extension of the current land tax system by also taxing vacant investment properties, in the same way as rental properties.

“I believe we need to take clear steps to address the housing affordability crisis. For too long the taxation system has benefitted investors over home owners, contributing to housing stress for many Canberrans—my motion today seeks to address this,” said Caroline Le Couteur MLA, ACT Greens Member for Murrumbidgee.

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ACT Greens call for religious institutions and instructors to be included in Reportable Conduct Scheme

The ACT Greens today call for more robust measures to protect Canberra’s most vulnerable people from sexual and other forms of abuse.

“The Reportable Conduct Scheme seeks to protect those most vulnerable in our communities, particularly children, from institutionalised abuse,” Ms Le Couteur said. “Yet it appears that not all religious instructors are covered by the Scheme in all instances, potentially placing vulnerable members of our community at risk.”

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ACT Greens welcome release of draft Territory Plan Variations for Woden and Mawson

In welcoming the establishment of a new City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency, the ACT Greens today reaffirmed the importance of dedicated authorities delivering good governance and best practice planning and development outcomes for the Territory. 

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ACT Greens welcome release of draft Territory Plan Variations for Woden and Mawson

The ACT Greens today welcomed the release of the draft Territory Plan Variations for the Woden and Mawson Master Plans.

“Woden Town Centre is in desperate need of renewal, and it is positive to see extensive plans now underway,” ACT Greens Member for Murrumbidgee Caroline Le Couteur said.

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ACT Greens welcome Curtin planning decision

Today the ACT Greens welcome the decision of the Planning and Land Authority to reject the development application for a mixed use residential development at the Curtin shopping centre.

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ACT Greens call for broader investigation into Land Development Agency’s past acquisitions

Today the ACT Greens call for a broader investigation into the Land Development Agency’s past acquisitions, citing the need for greater transparency and accountability given the ongoing concerns over breaches of policy and procedure and improper expenditure of taxpayer funds. 

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ACT Greens reaffirm calls for community views to be respected in Curtin Shops development

Tomorrow ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur will submit a petition of some 1,950 signatures from local residents condemning the recently proposed development in the Curtin Group Centre, calling instead for planning decisions to be determined in line with draft Master Plan and community expectations.

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Le Couteur calls for the finalisation of the Master Plan before Curtin development

Today Ms Le Couteur has reiterated the Greens’ calls for the 2015 draft Curtin Master Plan to be finalised, before any new developments are approved.

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