I'm a Canberra mum of three who is the former Chief Minister of the ACT and as of March 26 2015 Senator for the Australian Capital Territory.
Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.
Because of my decision and out of respect for the office of Chief Minsiter I have informed my colleagues that I will be resigning as Chief Minister on Wednesday next week.
Since Senator Lundy's announcement the Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten and Senate leader Penny Wong have both contacted me asking me to join the federal Labor team.
Like most Canberrans I’ve been proud of the international recognition our city has been getting lately.
We’re the most liveable city according to the OECD, The New York Times recently celebrated our “big-sky beauty, breezy civic pride and a decidedly hipster underbelly” and last year we entered the QS rankings of Best Student Cities in the world for the first time.
Every Canberran plays a role in this and benefits from living in our great city. Government can play its part, too. Often politicians are criticised for failing to take a long term vision, but we have a long term plan for a booming, lively, liveable city long into the future.
Last week, we called for expressions of interest to build and operate the first stage of our light rail network from Gungahlin, one of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs, to the City. This is one part of a long term vision for a thriving Canberra.
Madam speaker, I take this opportunity to provide a formal update to the Assembly on the government’s response to the issue of Mr Fluffy loose fill asbestos.
Obviously events have moved very quickly in the past few days and it’s important to place on the record the full state of play.
I also recognise the homeowners and residents who have come to the Assembly today.
We are conscious that this week has been extremely tough for many of you – as have the past few months.
I hope that as more information has followed Tuesday’s announcement and the media attention has eased, you have had the chance to look more closely at the framework for the proposed buyback program and what it may mean for you.
I accept that while some people are happy and relieved, some remain anxious. Others are angry.