Today I was pleased to present a petition on behalf of more than 500 international students calling on the ACT government to treat them with fairness. The government continued to encourage these students to move to Canberra as a step towards applying for a 190 visa even after it knew that its Skilled Nominated visa scheme was overwhelmed. The Tasmanian government found itself in a similar situation earlier this year, and I have been informed that it will be allowing all inter
I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to the petition that I have presented. *** Madam Speaker, I have presented a petition signed by 508 Canberra residents calling on this Assembly to urge the ACT Government to allow international students who were enrolled in an ACT educational institution on or before 29 June 2018 to apply for ACT nomination for a 190 visa under the guidelines that were in place before this date. Many of these students, Madam Speaker, find the
Madam Speaker, I rise today to briefly address the amendment bill under debate. This proposed legislation seeks to improve access to restorative justice in the ACT. Whilst the restorative justice scheme focuses primarily on meeting the needs of victims of crime, it is acknowledged that offenders may also benefit from participation in the scheme. This bill includes provisions that specifically target young offenders in an attempt to engage more of them in restorative justice.
Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise today to say a few words on this matter of public importance. In recent weeks, I have spoken up on behalf of constituents in my electorate of Ginninderra who are concerned about the lack of public recycling options in the ACT, and specifically at shopping centres that are maintained by this government. My clear sense is that people inherently want to do the right thing. They therefore find it frustrating when something as straightforward as a
Thank you, Madam Speaker. September is a good month to get stuck into some spring cleaning, and the first of September this year was a beautiful time for my children and me to join the Florey Neighbourhood Watch for an event that they named, appropriately, Clean Up Florey Day. The Florey branch of Neighbourhood Watch is a new one, only launched in March of this year, but they have already grown to more than 90 members. They are organised and filled with enthusiasm, and they m