ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Media release: ACT leaders to go head to head on community priorities for election

26 August 2016

The ACT’s three main party leaders, Andrew Barr (ACT Labor), Jeremy Hanson (Canberra Liberals) and Shane Rattenbury (ACT Greens) will go head to head at a party leaders forum next Monday to respond to the ACT Community Shared Statement for the next term of government.

What:  Three leaders: Mr Barr, Mr Hanson and Mr Rattenbury respond to a shared statement issued by 19 ACT community sector peak organisations. 

When: 5.00pm to 6.30pm next Monday 29 August 2016

Where: The Bradman Theatre, National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Ave Canberra

The session to be moderated by 2CC Breakfast Talk Host Tim Shaw, looks set to be a lively discussion on the core commitments needed to build a fair, prosperous and sustainable Canberra

An ACT Community Shared Statement released prior to the Forum asks political leaders focus their election promises on reducing inequality in Canberra by agreeing to invest in city infrastructure, good services, essential social infrastructure, the local environment and economic development.

It invites them to take action on housing, education, disability and carer strategies, transport, urban renewal and the environment. (An embargoed copy is attached to this media alert).

ACTCOSS Director, Susan Helyar said “Canberra should be the best place in the world to live in but we see this threatened by rising inequality with some in our city experiencing poverty, isolation and disadvantage.

“Nineteen groups representing the ACT community have come together with a shared agenda that if implemented will ensure Canberra is genuinely the best place in the world to live in for all residents regardless of their age, their cultural backgrounds or their personal circumstances.

“Right around the world we see rising concerns about the gap between rich and poor.  In Canberra that gap is stark with the second highest rate of homelessness alongside the highest average standards of living in the nation.

“This community forum is a great chance for Canberra voters to hear about a shared vision for a more equal Canberra and to have their say about the kind of city Canberra should be by 2020”, Ms Helyar said.

For more information or comment please contact
Susan Helyar, Director, on 0448 791 987 or 02 6202 7200.

(Authorised by Susan Helyar)

Related documents:

Community Shared Statement for the ACT 2016 Election