Shane Rattenbury's Speech on the Marriage Equality Bill 2013

Madam Speaker, I am delighted and proud, on behalf of the ACT Greens, to speak in support of the Marriage Equality Bill.  

A kick start for Canberra’s waterways

Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury, has today expressed delight at the announcement that the ACT has secured $85 million of commonwealth funding for the ACT’s waterways, a key item in the Parliamentary Agreement between the Greens and the ALP.

“As someone who has been strongly advocating for better management for our lakes and waterways over the past five years, I am absolutely delighted to see that the ACT will have access to this funding to improve outcomes in our river catchment,” said Mr Rattenbury

ACT Greens put an end to cage egg production after almost 20 years

After 18 years and seven bills, the ACT Greens have finally won the battle to ban cage egg production and sow stalls in the ACT, said ACT Greens Member for Molonglo, Shane Rattenbury.

“In 1996, the ACT Greens presented their first bill in the ACT Legislative Assembly to outlaw the production and sale of battery cage eggs.  I am so proud that today, our 7th bill presented to the Assembly on these important issues has passed and will outlaw these inhumane and outdated farming practices,” said Mr Rattenbury. 

“The Animal Welfare (Factory Farming) Bill will ban battery cages for egg production and the use of sow stalls and gestation crates for pigs, introducing a maximum penalty on conviction of 50 units ($7,000 for an individual or $35,000 for a corporation).

Building a Common Ground

This morning Common Ground was officially launched which is a key item in the Labor-Greens Parliamentary Agreement.

“Being homeless or sleeping rough can be a dangerous and traumatising experience, especially in Canberra’s harsh climate, Greens Minister Shane Rattenbury said