Many days late and many dollars short the ABC reports Andrew Barr is flogging off ACTTAB while it’s still worth anything at all.
We’ll no doubt have his statement shortly.
UPDATE: Here’s the announcement:
The ACT Government has determined to sell ACTTAB Corporation following careful consideration of the recommendations made in the ACTTAB Future Options Feasibility Study.
Andrew Barr has announced this year’s Canberra BusinessPoint Awards.
The awards, which are managed by the ACT Government’s business advisory and mentoring service Canberra BusinessPoint, showcase the range and depth of successful businesses operating in the Canberra region.
They showcase the innovation and ingenuity of ACT companies who have taken the astute step of seeking assistance [...]
As news of doom and gloom around Canberra go a nice round 900 job losses from Tax is probably worth a mention:
In Senate Estimates the ATO’s Geoff Leeper said the cuts will be made through natural attrition or voluntary redundancies.
“Unless there are particular functions that cease where it’s impossible for us to redeploy people and [...]
UC is celebrating the work of Alexandria Garlan and Mitchell Harmer:
Creating an app for construction workers to sign on or off site using just their smart phone has won University of Canberra students over $35,000 in prize money at the Innovation ACT awards.
Mitchell Harmer and Alexandria Garlan were part of a team of four ACT [...]
Some Canberra taxis have new meters installed.
Yesterday, in the second time in as many weeks, I got into a cab around 6pm, and noticed the rate was set on the more expensive option (Rate 2, which starts at 9pm). Both times on notifying the driver that the rate was incorrect, I got the same response [...]
The ABC brings word that like a card in a monopoly game Casino Canberra has been thrown on as a sweetener to sign up the Chinese Billionaire Tony Fung to a deal for a Cairns casino.
Perhaps not understanding the conflicted perfidy of ACT politics he’s going to look into getting poker machines:
Aquis chief executive [...]
Government News has more from the killing grounds as “natural attrition” meets the same grim realities as “turning back the boats”:
An all staff email from Agriculture Department secretary, Paul Grimes, candidly admits that “natural attrition in recent months has proven to be lower than forecast” and that the department is now making “arrangements for [...]
For the more business minded of you, the Founders Series of events may be of interest.
Successful tech entrepreneurs share their stories and will inspire you to stand out form the crowd with your business. They will give you invaluable advise to grow your StartUp. Also, every entrepreneur has had hard times and doubts. Entry 29 [...]
Simon Corbell has announced his plans for Pialligo:
Heritage and semi-rural character will be maintained in the Pialligo master plan whilst promoting small scale commercial development, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell said today.
“The ACT Government has been working closely with the Pialligo local community to produce a master plan that guides Pialligo’s [...]
By Glenn Platt, CSIRO
Where would we be without electricity? Assuming that you own a fridge, there won’t be many points in your life when you aren’t making use of it.
But what do we mean when we talk about the electricity grid?
The grid itself is less of a physical location. Instead, it is a term typically [...]
This sounds kind of fun.
The Salvation Army, CARE Australia and the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia dueled it out in a game of creative mathematical thinking as a part of the 2013 Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Congress held in Canberra last month.
The participants were given a chance to fit tangram shapes into the logo of [...]
With stories coming in of increasingly insistent voluntary redundancy offers, and the creation of “departure lounges” where undeployed public servants are required to sit idle all day and consider their futures we thought we’d try and bring some information transparency to the process.
So please share your experiences of the current darkness below?
Does anybody else get annoyed with this in this day and age? You order food at a cafe, bill comes at $50+ then told EFTPOS is not accepted.
Surely these days having an EFTPOS terminal is essential to a business as people like myself seem to carry less cash. If Medicare has now gone cashless [...]
Some of Canberra’s biggest names in business have a chat about how great Canberra is, and where they see our super awesome city going in the future.
Its been 100 years of Canberra, so now is time to imagine the future for Canberra in the next 100 years. Join some of Canberra’s most successful entrepreneurs over [...]
As of today the tender for the Yarralumla Nursery Garden Centre is open. Apparently there will be no loss of staff, and all the various programs and schemes that work through the Nursery will continue to run unaffected.
So business as usual folks.
“The ACT Government is offering the Garden Centre retail nursery, which has been part [...]
Jeremy Hanson and Brendan Smyth are teaming up to band the drum on rates again.
Andrew Barr has been forced to table documents in the Assembly that show the analysis and models for his tax reform program. Despite vehement claims to the contrary during the election campaign, the documents show there is no possible scenario for [...]
BlameMonkey’s life has been enhanced with the latest fondleslab:
Arrived at 7:45, doors opened at 8, I was in by 8:20 and out now with new ipad.
Goosepig is being a horrible person and making me wait for Christmas for a new iPad Mini.
It’s like being dead.
Eric Abetz has announced that the public service is only going to be recruiting from amongst its own in future:
The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, announced today interim new recruiting arrangements within the Australian Public Service to help meet the Government’s election commitment to reduce the [...]
The ABC is carrying an emote by Casino Canberra over its ongoing lack of pokies and the rivers of gold forgone as a result:
Casino Canberra is cutting its staff and operating hours as it grapples with a fall in revenue.
The casino has blamed unfavourable economic conditions and its lack of poker machines for the decision.
The Liberals’ Brendan Smyth can’t help parroting the grown up Liberals’ lines (themselves mindlessly repeating the utterly detached from reality American Republicans).
To that end he’s calling for more of your money to be spent telling the world “this city is open for business” by doing the work for an investor to build a new [...]
Simon Corbell is celebrating the creation of an Industrial Court:
An election commitment to improve the health and safety of all ACT workers has been delivered on today with the passage of legislation establishing a new ACT Industrial Court with its own industrial magistrate, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“The new Industrial Court is the centrepiece [...]
We were not impressed by ACT Tourism’s great shout out to the vacuous which went by the name of the Human Brochure. (Although we will concede that identifying top social media influencers and sucking up to them is absolutely best practice and probably explains the influx of invites in my email at the moment).
The Canberra [...]
Mayor Rattenbury has announced the transition to SITA for Canberra’s garbage collections begins tomorrow:
Seven Canberra suburbs will have changes to their garbage and recycling collection days under a new residential collection contract which commences tomorrow, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“SITA takes over the regular collection of garbage and recycling [...]
‘If clubs fail, the economic and social contribution they make will also disappear and at the expense of the broader community’
Dear ACT Legislative Assembly,
Do we really need pokies in the ACT? It seems cruel to still need to rake over this in 2013, but life’s not all marriage equality and light rail. Annually, [...]
There seems to be a trend within some sectors of the business community, and this trend appears to be more prominent with trades based businesses. This trend generally occurs following rapid and successful growth of the business, and can have devastating consequences.
After continuous growth, the owner usually sees the business costs and owners workload increase, [...]
We just launched some new advertising in the ACT – have you seen the buses? What do you think?
Because Canberra’s mini casinos are the sector of the community most in need of help Joy Burch has announced she’s legislating to make their lives easier and simpler:
Legislation introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly today (Thursday) will reduce red tape for clubs, Minister for Gaming and Racing Joy Burch said.
Ms Burch said the Gaming Machine [...]
The ABC has word on plans out at Snowtown for a hotel to join their legoland collection.
The Canberra Airport will build a four-star, 180-room hotel to help attract international flights to the capital.
The hotel would be built between the airport and the Brindabella Business Park, five-minutes walk from the terminal.
The airport would build and [...]
Over the course of his time in the Legislative Assembly the Liberals’ Steve Dozspot has very rarely picked a good cause, and even more rarely has he had a win.
But he’s celebrating a well deserved victory with the grass returning to Kingston’s Green Square:
Off the back of consistent community pressure, the Canberra Liberals Steve Doszpot [...]
The Australian has the word on Business Council of Australia chair Tony Shepherd being appointed to rip the guts out of the public service and sell the furniture to the vultures.
JOE Hockey has unveiled a surprise increase in the debt ceiling to $500 billion as he announced a Commission of Audit into government finances with [...]
The West Australian has a story on plans to fling units of Treasury across the country in the hope that proximity to a board room (presumably while a meeting is being held in it) will bring them better knowledge of the “real world”.
With the purpose of having regulators shoulder-to-shoulder with the regulated, much of [...]
Andrew Barr has announced the start of construction of the complex to house those ACT Public Servants so unloved as to be despatched to deepest darkest Gungahlin.
Construction is about to start on the new ACT Government Office Block on the corner of The Valley Avenue and Gungahlin Place in the Gungahlin Town Centre.
Local development [...]