I believe in a Canberra where everyone matters and where we care for each other.
The Greens vision for our city is one where the community is inclusive, where all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met so they can live in dignity.
But we know that life in Canberra is a tale of two cities.
Despite having the highest median income in Australia, we also have the second highest rate of homelessness in the nation.
The Greens are committed to tackling Canberra's hidden poverty and speaking up for everyone who has been forgotten and betrayed.
We will advocate for the following principles to achieve a more equitable and inclusive Canberra:
- Meaningful community engagement is vital for democracy and a society that values inclusion;
- Community sector organisations provide essential services for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Canberra and support social inclusion, so must be adequately resourced;
- Education, training and employment for people with disabilities are key to positive social inclusion and wellbeing; and
- Equitable access to safe, secure, appropriate and affordable housing is a human right and an essential prerequisite to good health and social inclusion.
The Greens-Labor Parliamentary Agreement includes the following commitments to make sure everyone in our community is better supported, welcomed, and has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Parliamentary Agreement commitments for a caring and inclusive Canberra:
- Develop a carers strategy in close consultation with Carers ACT, disability groups and other affected community members;
- Create a new policy unit to monitor and support the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, oversee grants to improve the ability of people with disabilities to participate in mainstream community groups, better support parents of children with disabilities; and a resourced Disability Reference Group to include people with disabilities and to address access issues for transport and new developments;
- Establish an ongoing Multicultural Advisory Board to assist with the implementation of the ACT Multicultural Framework; and convene a multicultural summit;
- Conduct a program to increase community access to government facilities, such as school halls;
- Establish a Drug and Alcohol Court and associated support programs as part of a goal to reduce recidivism by 25% by 2025, continue existing funding of justice reinvestment programs and assess the need for any additional funding as part of the budget process;
- Introduce an ACT Rights of Victims Charter; and
- Continue existing funding for community legal services and assess the need for any additional funding as part of the Budget process.