WorkSafe is banging the drum about the need for licence holders to keep their skills up to scratch:
ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe is advising people who hold a high risk work licence under Work Health and Safety legislation that they must have and maintain the competencies the licence indicates they hold.
“WorkSafe ACT will [...]
Late on a public holiday friday the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) has slipped out a media release announcing an issued paper on retail electricity prices from 1 July 2014:
“This investigation is the eighth time the Commission will be responsible for setting the retail price of electricity for franchise customers. The issues paper [...]
The Australian National University has announced that after much student agitation they’re going to be socially responsible in future:
The Council of The Australian National University today approved a Socially Responsible Investment Policy.
The policy says the University will aim to “avoid investment opportunities considered to be likely to cause substantial social injury”, and “positively promote [...]
The National Gallery have announced the results of this year’s blockbusters:
The National Gallery of Australia today announced that the Turner from the Tate: The Making of Master exhibition attracted 153, 627 visitors from all over Australia to Canberra, bringing the total number of visitors to the Gallery’s two major exhibitions this year to 323,828.
The exhibition [...]
The Liberals Brendan Smyth has finally responded to Friday’s news that ACTEW are appealing the ICRC determination on water price rises:
The Canberra Liberals are calling for answers after ACTEW made an application to the ICRC to review its water and sewerage price determination made on June 26 Shadow Treasurer, Brendan Smyth said today.
“This comes [...]
By Kath Hall
Last night it was claimed in a joint ABC Four Corners /Fairfax Media investigation that the Australian Companies and Securities Commission (ASIC) missed an important opportunity in not investigating key directors of Securency and Note Printing Australia (NPA) for breaches of directors’ duties under the Corporations Act.
It is claimed that NPA board members [...]
The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has announced the ACTEW Corporation is unhappy with the recent decision on water and sewerage prices and has asked for a different decision.
They’re now going to conduct a review.
The Hindmarsh Group have announced their patronage of the Canberra Theatre Centre for the next three years:
Hindmarsh, one of Australia’s leading property and construction companies, will become a principal sponsor of the Canberra Theatre Centre in 2014 with a three year commitment to help kick-start the Centre’s vocational education and training program.
ACT Arts Minister Joy [...]
We’re waiting for the media release but the Chief Minister has tweeted she’s thinking of getting rid of the local betting agency:
ACT Govt will be considering the sale of ACTAB following PWC report into future options #canberra #actpol
— Katy Gallagher MLA (@KatyGMLA) September 26, 2013
Hopefully they think hard and fast and do it while the [...]
It’s often said you don’t need to read books if you read book reviews.
In that spirit Canberra’s Member for Fraser has blogged an interesting review on Ian McLean’s “Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth”.
Interesting to see how often we’ve been saved from ourselves.
The ABC has the somewhat reassuring news that public servants in axed agencies will keep their pay and conditions while efforts are made to find them work.
The Public Service Commission has announced public servants will continue to have the same pay while the changes take effect.
“In the case of an agency that has been [...]
By Andrew Podger
Prime minister Tony Abbott’s decision to sack three departmental secretaries within hours of his swearing-in earlier this week has not attracted the same shock John Howard’s decision to sack six secretaries caused in 1996.
At that time, Paul Keating’s removal of secretaries’ tenure in 1994 was yet to be exercised. However, 17 years later, [...]
By Ian Winter, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
The historically low interest rates being enjoyed by Australian households are fuelling talk of a housing bubble, despite efforts by the Reserve Bank of Australia to hose down what it calls “unrealistic alarmism” around these dangers.
Many of these hopeful buyers – particularly first home owners on [...]
Simon Corbell is expressing concern that real estate agents don’t seem to have had any enthusiasm for learning about their obligations to inform potential buyers:
“Recent months have shown a general lack of awareness by some people in the real estate industry about their obligations to disclose information to potential buyers when selling property or land [...]
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Public servants wanting to understand their future in the shortish term need look no further than today’s Administrative Arrangements Order.
What are your highlights dear reader?
Here are the matters, with the Legislation left out:
PART 1 THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Matters dealt with by the Department
Agricultural, pastoral, fishing, food and forest industries
Soils and other natural resources
Rural adjustment and [...]
Won’t anyone think of the property developers?
Well, the Liberals Alistair Coe is bravely taking up cudgels on their behalf:
Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Alistair Coe will call on the Government to undertake a comprehensive review of the Territory Plan with a view to simplifying the document.
At present, the ACT’s planning system is far too [...]
One day in the not too distant future the Liberals will realise that renewable energy is big business and will fall in love with it.
For now the Liberals’ Andrew Wall is desperately trying to dare Simon Corbell into throwing out his aces in the Uriarra Village solar power poker game:
Member for Brindabella Andrew Wall will [...]
This in from the Canberra Business Council:
Canberra Business Council, CollabIT and the ACT Government are interested in your thoughts and ideas on how Canberra can capitalise on digital opportunities and promote our digital success stories to inspire others.
As you know Canberra has unique attributes that we can leverage to transform the way we live, [...]
Government News reports that the happy time of SAP and Oracle selling to Government might be coming to an end:
Just a week after the election of a new Coalition government, technology vendors have been notified that an “investigation into optimising Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems across the public service” will be put in train, [...]
Government News has a rundown on Tony Abbott’s great simplification of Ministerial titles.
Less cluttered, better focused, more energetic.
That was message to public servants and the electorate in Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott’s First Ministry announcement where not everyone gets a prize, and some portfolio ministries just plain disappear through downsizing likely to be mirrored [...]
Andrew Barr has announced the start of high density development in Campbell:
Work is about to start on a new mixed-used development on a 6.4 hectare site on the corner of Constitution Avenue and Anzac Park in Campbell.
The site will be include medium- and high-density development in five parcels, and will include an opportunity for a [...]
The Property Council’s Catherine Carter is making her displeasure with the LDA known:
The Land Development Agency should have known that Denman Prospect Molonglo would not sell in the way that it was offered to the market.
“The market has spoken”, said Property Council ACT Executive Director Catherine Carter. “It’s hardly a surprise that in the [...]
The Liberals Brendan Smyth is attempting a heroic piece of misdirection:
Shadow Treasurer Brendan Smyth has criticised the Chief Minister for starting the ‘blame game’ on public sector cuts following the election of Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.
“12 years of ACT Labor and they have done nothing more for job creation in the ACT than [...]
Perhaps anticipating a less friendly government reception Finance News Network reports Australian Ethical is shutting down it’s Canberra operations for Sydney:
Australian Ethical Investment Limited (ASX:AEF) will restructure its operations to substantially reduce its Canberra operations and outsource parts of its business.
Redundancy and associated costs from the restructure are expected to cost in the order [...]
I’m after some recommendations for some cabling work to repair some old-style phone-wall connections to bring them into the 21st century.
I rang “Integrity Technical Solutions” but they are flat out for 1 month.
Government News is having a think about what an incoming Abbott Government is going to do to the public service.
Some ideas like putting Centrelink functions online and then moving the call centre drones to case management duties will be interesting, but at the end of the day still sees efforts to make work for staff [...]
The Economic Development Directorate has announced the LDA will develop Denman Prospect themselves:
The Land Development Agency will develop the new Molonglo suburb of Denman Prospect rather than sell the 100 hectare site as an englobo parcel.
The decision was taken following extensive negotiations with a potential purchaser which finally proved to be unsuccessful.
“While it is [...]
Andrew Barr is celebrating a rise in international visitation to our fair city:
The number of international visitors coming to Canberra continues to rise strongly, according to new figures issued by Tourism Research Australia.
For the year ending June 2013, the ACT recorded a 10.4 per cent annual increase in international visitation.
The ACT’s result compares with a [...]
Andrew Barr has announced the long delayed development of Lawson is getting started after all that unpleasantness with the PCB’s left over by the Navy:
Set on 100 hectares, Lawson will have a mix of about 1850 low, medium and higher density dwellings, and include a small retail centre and community facilities.
Almost half of [...]