What has Labor achieved?

  • First to pass marriage equality 
    • 1994 First jurisdiction in Australia to legally recognise same-sex couples (in the Domestic Relationships Act)
    • 2003 Allowed joint adoption petitions by same-sex couples, second jurisdiction in Australia and passed Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Amendment Act 2003 and the Discrimination Amendment Act
    • 2004 Further protected same-sex couples and LGBTQI peoples with the passing o the Parentage Act, Sexuality Discrimination Legislation Amendment Act, and the Human Rights Act 
    • 2004 Introduced a Human Rights Act,  the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so 
    • 2006 Passed legislation to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, the first jurisdiction in Australia to do so (later Howard used Commonwealth power to disallow these ACT laws) 
    • 2012 Successfully passed the Civil Unions Act (this time without Federal rejection) 
    • 2013 Passed same-sex marriage law only to be nullified by the High Court
    • 2017 ACT recorded Australia’s highest YES vote in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey
  • Banning single-use plastics 2021
    Committed to banning single-use plastics by the middle of the year.
  • Reached 100% renewable energy 2020
    ACT reached 100% renewable energy, the first jurisdiction in Australia and 8th in the world.
  • Recreational drug reform 2020
    Legalised personal cannabis use, becoming the first Australian jurisdiction to do so.
  • Supporting local businesses 2020
    Launched trial of the ChooseCBR program to support local businesses, with an initial $500,000 worth of discounts.
  • Directly employed school cleaners 2020
  • Climate change action 2020
    Beat national 40% emissions reduction target on 1990 levels.
  • Small business tax reform 2019
    Tax reform to support small business. No tax on payrolls up to $2 million. No commercial land tax. No insurance taxes. No stamp duty on commercial properties up to $1.5 million.
  • Made motor vehicle insurance cheaper 2019
    Made motor vehicle insurance cheaper with the introduction of the 'no-fault' Compulsory Third Party (CTP) scheme.
  • Hosted Australia's first pill testing trial 2019
  • Declared a climate emergency 2019
    First Australian territory or state to declare a climate emergency.
  • Built Canberra's tram 2019
    Delivered light rail, connecting Canberra's northern suburbs in Gungahlin with the city's centre.
  • Electric powered busses 2019
    Committed to making all our buses electric powered by 2040.
  • Sustainable schools 2019
    Built Canberra’s most environmentally sustainable school, which will produce no emissions on a daily basis.
  • Banned gay conversion therapy 2019
  • Green bins 2019
    Rolled out green bins across every Canberra suburb
  • Opened a new public hospital 2018
  • Zero net emissions by 2045 2018
    Legislated to commit the ACT to zero net emissions by 2045.
  • State wide recycling 2018
    Launched the ACT container deposit scheme.
  • Tourism milestone 2018
    Canberra ranked in the top 3 Best Cities to Visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.
  • Banned greyhound racing 2018
  • Small business growth 2018
    ACT’s small businesses recording the highest percentage growth in jobs in Australia.
  • Criminalised drink/food spiking 2017
    Criminalised drink or food spiking in Canberra with penalties of up to 5 years’ imprisonment and fines up to $75,000.
  • Economic growth 2016-17
    The ACT's real Gross State Product (our equivalent of national GDP) increased by 4.6 percent, the highest growth rate of any jurisdiction in Australia.
  • Protecting animal rights 2015
    Banned Intensive breeding of dogs and cats for sale as pets and introduced a Code of Practice and a 'breeders licence' system.
  • Free wifi 2014
    Launched and rolled out free WiFi across Canberra, now Australia's biggest free public Wi-Fi network.
  • First openly LGBTI head of government 2014
    Canberra elected our first openly LGBTQI head of government in Australia.
  • Built the National Arboretum 2013
    Built the National Arboretum, one of the world’s largest living collections of rare, endangered and significant trees.
  • Cut stamp duty 2012-18
    Cut stamp duty for most property transactions as a part of a 20 year program to modernise the Territory’s taxation system.
  • Canberra's first prison 2008
    Opened the Alexander Maconochie Centre, the first prison in Australia that was purpose built to meet human rights obligations. The centre’s environmental initiatives include below ground fresh water storage, grey water recycling for toilet flushing and irrigation, solar hot water and high grade building insulation.
  • Commissioner for the Environment 1993
    Established Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, an independent statutory position.
  • Canberra's first sister city 1993
    Chief Minister Rosemary Follett signed Canberra’s first sister city relationship with Nara, Japan.
  • Banned circus animals 1992
    Banned exotic animals from performing in circuses (first and still the only state or territory in Australia to do so)/div>
  • First female Head of Parliament 1989
    Rosemary Follet was the first woman to be elected as a Head of Parliament in any state or territory in Australia.