What We've Achieved

  • Banned gay conversion therapy 
  • Built Canberra’s most environmentally sustainable school, which will produce no emissions on a daily basis
  • Criminalised drink or food spiking in Canberra with penalties of up to 5 years’ imprisonment and fines up to $75,000.
  • Implemented ax reform to support small business (No tax on payrolls up to $2m. No commercial land tax. No insurance taxes. No stamp duty on commercial properties up to $1.5m)
  • Opened a new public hospital
  • Rolled out green bins across every Canberra suburb
  • Reached 100% renewable energy (first jurisdiction in Australia and 8th in the world)
  • Cut stamp duty for most property transactions
  • Made motor vehicle insurance cheaper
  • Rolled out free WiFi across Canberra
  • Maintained Australia’s lowest unemployment rate (timeframe?)
  • Banned greyhound racing 
  • Launched the ACT container deposit scheme 
  • Beat national 40% emissions reduction target on 1990 levels (2020)
  • Launched trial of the ChooseCBR program to support local businesses, with an initial $500,000 worth of discounts
  • Canberra ranked in the top 3 Best Cities to Visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet 
  • The ACT's real Gross State Product (our equivalent of national GDP) increased by 4.6 per cent, the highest growth rate of any jurisdiction in Australia (2016-17)
  • ACT’s small businesses recorded the highest percentage growth in jobs nationally (2018)
  • Delivered light rail, connecting Canberra's northern suburbs in Gungahlin with the city's centre 
  • Hosted Australia's first pill testing trial 
  • Legislated to commit the ACT to zero net emissions by 2045
  • Committed to making all our buses electric powered by 2040
  • Legalised personal cannabis use, becoming first Australian jurisdiction to do so 
  • Committed to banning single-use plastics by the middle of the year
  • Elected Australia's first openly LGBTI head of government
  • Introduced a Human Rights Act, the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so
  • Led the way on same-sex marriage rights and legislation 
  • Chief Minister Rosemary Follett signed Canberra’s first sister city relationship with Nara, Japan (1993)
  • Rosemary Follet was the first woman to be elected as a Head of Parliament in any state or territory in Australia