ACT Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee has hit out at the territory government, by saying they are focused on the wrong priorities such as "divorcing Parliament House" while ignoring other serious issues.
"It's clear that the Labor-Greens government has their priorities all wrong, what we see are so many failings in areas, particularly in relation to protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our community," Ms Lee said.
"They have squandered opportunity after opportunity to actually take action to address some of these issues is just extraordinary."
Ms Lee's comments came after the ACT's parliament passed a motion last week to pursue a declaration of Canberra as a national park city.
Labor backbencher Marisa Paterson said she was inspired to introduce the motion as Canberra needed to divorce itself from the image of Parliament House.
The Assembly also passed another motion for the ACT to endorse a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty.
While Ms Lee wasn't against the idea of the motions, she said she believed they should not have been brought in lieu of other issues.
She was particularly scathing of the fact the government would not support her motion calling for an ongoing funding commitment into community legal centres.
"There was nothing new brought in the Assembly last sitting week and instead we had motions about divorcing Parliament House," Ms Lee said.
Ms Lee pointed to hospital emergency department waiting times, rising electricity prices, public housing waitlists, school infrastructure and high Indigenous incarceration rates as some of the issues that needed addressing.
"The government needs to get back to basics and ensure they are addressing significant problems affecting the community," she said.
"The Canberra Liberals have raised with government a number of community issues and proposed solutions."
It's been seven months since Ms Lee was elected by her Liberal colleagues as Opposition Leader, taking on the role after the the Canberra Liberals sixth straight ACT election loss last year.
A recommendation from the Canberra Liberals 2020 election review said the party needed to do more campaigning work outside of election years. The review claimed not enough work had been done in the three years prior to the ACT election.
"I think in these early times we have demonstrated what we see are our priorities and where we think the failings are," Ms Lee said.
"I think that is starting to be clearly shaped in the public arena and I will obviously work hard to make sure that continues so that by the time 2024 rolls around Canberrans know exactly who they're voting for."
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