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State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 2/2/15

By 30 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Life without Katy 
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has not enjoyed an entirely perfect kick-off in the top job.
After a long and successful innings from the factionally unaligned Jon Stanhope, Katy Gallagher was rigorously groomed for a smooth transition. Although Barr is an experienced minister and possibly the best performer in responding to questions in the [...]

Seselja claims Labor will restore carbon and mining taxes

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja has today claimed that Labor will restore its carbon and mining tax slugs on Australians at the first opportunity.
In a press release issued following Andrew Leigh’s comments on government spending and revenue in The Australian, Seselja said:
“The confirmation from Andrew Leigh that the carbon tax would be imposed on Australians under a [...]

The ACT needs to stop having stupid arguments

By 27 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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To have a tram or not to have a tram? To have well-behaved dogs on public transport or not? $50 or $20 notes for poker machines? Bikes or cars?  These are not questions.
I appreciate that it is important that we as Canberrans discuss these issues, and I respect the principle that that the public has [...]

Five electorates, Green pastures?

By 26 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The change to the ACT electoral system, now with five electorates of five members, is fertile ground for the ACT Greens.
Over the past couple of years we have seen letters from Caroline LeCouteur both in social and print media. Caroline has been true to her beliefs and constantly pushed the environmentalist line. Good on her too, [...]

Barr announces new ministerial portfolios

By 20 January 2015

Urban renewal, transport, equality and jobs are on the agenda with new portfolios announced by Chief Minister Andrew Barr this morning.
Barr has taken on the new portfolio of urban renewal, which he says will promote garden suburbs and urban villages, bringing together infrastructure renewal with the promotion of social and cultural activity at a suburban level.
Mick [...]

Yvette Berry named as sixth ACT Government minister

By 19 January 2015

Labor MLA Yvette Berry has been elected as the sixth minister in the ACT Government.
The Labor Caucus elected Yvette this morning, filling the role in the Ministry left by the former Chief Minister. Her portfolio responsibilities will be announced tomorrow, along with those of the other five ministers.
Chief Minister Andrew Barr said he expects Yvette, [...]

Meegan Fitzharris wins Katy Gallagher’s seat

By 16 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Labor political staffer Meegan Fitzharris will represent the seat of Molonglo after winning the spot left by former chief minister Katy Gallagher in a countback.
Meegan, who was born in New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1998, has lived in Gungahlin with her partner and two children since 2007.
During that time, she has advocated for [...]

Politics and the price of pillory

By 16 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The price we sometimes pay for freedom of expression is that people can use language to strip people of their dignity and self-respect and reduce them to lesser mortals. It is no more evident than in politics.
Members of parliament (read: Legislative Assembly here in the ACT) and ministers appear to be the targets of [...]

Burch begins to fall from her perch

By 14 January 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Andrew Barr has put his foot down on Minister for Racing and Gaming Joy Burch’s plan to scrap the twenty-dollar limit on poker machines, a move that would have allowed gamblers to use $50 notes. Ms Burch made the change on 22 December, the very day before Andrew Barr became the Leader of [...]

Canberra’s politicians: Bigger government at all costs

By 13 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Canberra’s politicians have been working hard to expand the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Last year we saw a barrage of announcements leading towards the expansion of the Assembly from three electorates with a total of 17 seats to five electorates with a total of 25 seats which will take effect from the October 2016 election.
The expansion required [...]

Party Puts Sex back into Politics

By 5 January 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Who said the Victorians were a stuffy conservative lot? How things have changed! Canberra’s own Fiona Patten MLC!
So Fiona won a seat in the Upper House in Victoria at the last elections, which saw the Liberal a one term wonder, booted out on their proverbials.
Anyone see the pickie in the papers celebrating this wondrous [...]

Overstary your visa – fine. Come by leaky boat – not fine.

By 29 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’ve been in good company recently, joining others in banging on about the ill treatment of asylum seekers and trying to draw attention to the fact that the scale of the problem does not justify the degree of power and might being applied to repelling those seeking succour on our shores by coming here in [...]

Katy Gallagher Endorsed for the Senate

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACT Labor’s Administrative Committee last night endorsed Katy Gallagher to replace Senator Kate Lundy as the Labor Senator for the ACT.
“At the close of nominations, our General Returning Officer had received a single nomination, from Ms Gallagher, therefore she has been declared elected” ACT Labor Secretary Matt Byrne said.
“Katy will play an important role in [...]

Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!

By 19 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures overseas or jobs for life on massive salaries.
Really? Hmmmm! What about the latest of a round of huge gifts to the faithful from our [...]

Katy Gallagher – Her time in the sun

By 15 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a former colleague of Katy Gallagher and Andrew Barr, I was asked what it was about Katy’s reign as Chief Minister which made it so good (in the opinion of the questioner).
I guess the word I used is apt. It was “stability”. In my time and in the past two years by [...]

Andrew and Simon – an exercise in Destiny

By 12 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The inevitability of this team of Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell had its genesis way back when they were both students. They were both leading lights in their paddock of the Young Labor Right and Left.
They were adversaries at the Annual Labor Conference battlefields of the 1990s and both emerged as mature political [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 11/12/14

By 11 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Barr, it was time.
Last week this humble columnist wrote a piece titled ‘Barr, it’s time’. Well, the day after Riotact published it, Barr’s time had come. The last week has been an historic and tumultuous week for ACT politics. With Katy Gallagher announcing her resignation as Chief Minister and her candidature for one of the [...]

Andrew Barr speaks with Steven Bailey exclusively on his first big day

By 11 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Yesterday Andrew Barr was elected unopposed as Leader of the Labor Party, and today he will be elected unopposed as Chief Minister. First Ministers have a choice to make: crash or crash through, or to slide along politely with one cheek aloft of each side of an ever encroaching barbed wire fence. Andrew is not [...]

Katy Gallagher – a career cut short?

By 8 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Katy Gallagher is undoubtedly one of the most popular leaders in Canberra’s history. Her electoral vote is astronomical, and she is respected for her stoic mind and steady hand. Indeed Katy could blow up a hospital and go on shooting spree of endangered animals with Bob Katter and still enjoy enormous public support.
Understandably, Lundy’s decision [...]

Katy Gallagher: What Will Her Legacy Be? How Will History Treat Her?

By 7 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

How will the reign of Katy Gallagher as Chief Minister of the ACT be viewed by History?  What will be her Legacy?
Granted, what one person sees as a positive, another may see as a negative depending on how it affects them and whether they can see (or they care about) all the benefits, negatives [...]

Statement by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher MLA

By 5 December 2014
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Today I have spoken with my caucus colleagues and Minister Shane Rattenbury MLA to let them know that I will be a candidate for the upcoming Senate vacancy created by Senator Kate Lundy who has announced she will not be contesting the next federal election.
Because of my decision and out of respect for the office [...]

The Senate – two sides of an argument

By 5 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As a Kate Lundy fan, I’m sorry to see her retire but as an old political retiree, I fully understand all the reasons why the decision was taken, and wish her all the pleasure of the next stage in life that I have enjoyed.
I started writing this piece when I heard Kate and wondered on [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 04/12/14

By 4 December 2014
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Lame duck Lundy – Stanhope standing by
Loathe him or love him, few would dispute that Stanhope has lived public life as a straight shooter. To some, his candid nature is a constant source of fresh air. To others, especially within senior Labor ranks, he is a moral nuisance. After returning to his heartland only a [...]

Reith Still Raging

By 1 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I wish I could count the times I have been accused of having a left wing bias. Something I wear as a badge of honour.
This is gunna surprise you but there are people out there who are far greater haters than Labor will ever spawn. Such a person is Peter Reith, former Howard government [...]

A stronger electoral system for the ACT

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, yesterday tabled two reports into the ACT Electoral Act and introduced legislation to improve our electoral system.
“The amendments to the Electoral Act build on the existing electoral system by strengthening the regulatory framework that supports transparent and accountable electoral expenditure, without diminishing the accountability of parties and electoral candidates.” Mr Corbell [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 27/11/14

By 27 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Katy Lundy prepares to leave politics
Generally, politicians are quiet for a reason. Either they are hiding something or they want to rise through the ranks by avoiding a miscalculation… or there are planning to retire. Only one year into her three-year term, our Lundy has decided to hang up her boots. Having spent most of [...]

Big Trouble Ahead for the ACTs Budget ?

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

In June 2014, this years ACT budget was projected to be m$333 in the red without the impact of Mr Fluffy – which could be as high as m$500 over 3 years, according to the ACT Treasurer, Andrew Barr :
www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/mr-fluffy-750-million-appropriation-bill-tabled-in-legislative-assembly-20141124-11sihz.html
On top of the cutbacks in the Federal Public service and associated downturn in other economic [...]

Lonesome Lambie

By 26 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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On Paul Murray Live Sunday night we were discussing the imminent departure of Jacqui Lambie from the Palmer United Party.
Janine Perrett was hosting, because the eponymous host was on a study tour in Abu Dhabi where he was examining local hotel architecture and the F 1.
Janine said – voicing the complaint of many – that [...]

Do Canberra’s politicians waste your money?

By 25 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve never really understood why the Canberra Liberals don’t change their name. Surely, the Canberra Neoconservatives, the Canberra Monarchists, or just the Canberra Abbott Lovers would be more appropriate. But after briefly perusing The Non-executive members Eighth Assembly Travel Report, recently released by the ACT Legislative Assembly, I suddenly realised: when it comes to spending [...]

New laws to protect privacy

By 24 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberrans will be better protected from unlawful voyeuristic behaviour by new legislation to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will strengthen prohibitions on indecent behaviour using cameras or other technology. It was one of a range of changes which will provide greater protection [...]

Right wing, left wing… what about the bird in the middle?

By 21 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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There has been much discourse in recent times on the relative importance of having a healthy budget position versus having a significantly funded safety net.
The orthodox right wing ideology has it that a healthy budget surplus is the only way in which a county can prosper. If there are plenty of profits to tax [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 20/11/14

By 20 November 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Burch on her literary perch
Minister for the Arts Joy Burch announced the 2014 ACT Book of the Year shortlist with four of the five shortlisted authors at Civic Library this week. Five books, ranging from a non-fiction exploration of the Al Jazeera English news network to a verse novel covering the Petrov defection, have been [...]

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