More than thirty years ago there was a very vocal community campaign to halt the complete takeover of Glebe Park.
The proposal by a large development company in partnership with the then government (how things change!) was to take out the trees and to change the northern section the park to an event space for a [...]
The Belconnen Community Council had a very active role in facilitating community engagement in initial consultations on what should be in the Belconnen Town Centre Master Plan. The eagerly awaited draft Master Plan has now been released and this again presents an important opportunity to have your say on issues you feel strongly about – [...]
Last week I talked about the preselection process of the Labor Party and alluded to similar things happening with the Libs and the Greens.
What I didn’t talk about then is the different vagaries of the electorates themselves.
We now have 5 electorates of 5 members, thus 25 members of the Legislative Assembly to replace the 17 [...]
The Commonwealth Government has just released its final report on Evaluation of the More Support for Students with Disabilities Initiative 2012-2014. Sadly, the report shows that compared to most other states and territories, the ACT did very little to improve education outcomes for autistic students.
The number of Australian children formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder [...]
On 21 Sep 2012, the ALP announced that Capital Metro light rail would form part of the policy platform they would take to the 2012 ACT election.
It was covered by ACT Light Rail here.
The ALP and Greens won that election, and formed Government. Light rail commencing construction formed part of the agreement to govern between the [...]
Advocacy group Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD) has passed a no confidence motion in Minister Joy Burch and the ACT Government.
SOfASD advocates for autistic people in the ACT, including students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
SOfASD members lost confidence in Minister Burch after she claimed that the recent abuse of an autistic student in an [...]
With the ACT election just over a year away, jostling for preselections has started, some more publicly than others.
Most non-party aspirants haven’t actually started thinking about it yet. I would expect that to start in about June or July, just after the ACT budget is brought down.
These aspirants are usually single issue people with a [...]
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has congratulated Malcolm Turnbull on becoming Australia’s next Prime Minister.
In a statement issued today, Minister Barr said:
I would like to congratulate Malcolm Turnbull on his elevation to the leadership of the federal Liberal party and his imminent appointment as the Prime Minister of Australia.
Last night Mr Turnbull rightly pointed out [...]
During the week, I had a look at the ACT Elections website and focussed on the annual returns for the political parties in the ACT. The findings were very interesting indeed.
The prevailing wailing from the Libs is that the Labor Party get its income from the pockets of problem gamblers via the Labor Club.
The Libs bellyache and [...]
The Federal Government’s decision to accept 12,000 additional refugees from Syria this year – albeit after some pressure from its own backbench and the Labor party – is the right one. But our overall refugee policy still needs work.
How many refugees we should permanently settle in Australia every year? Over the last few decades, we [...]
It was while visiting regional towns in Victoria that I was reminded of quite silly events happening back home, or at least close to home.
Today, as we had finished work early for the day, we wandered along the riverfront in Wangaratta. Given the works underway and the notices about future projects, it is very obvious [...]
Canberra residents have the perception, or at least the aspiration, that the elected ACT politician appointed to be the planning minister will oversee the future planning and development of the city on behalf of the residents.
In a recent article the former chief minister, Jon Stanhope, listed one of his disappointments as not being able to deal [...]
ACT Labor membership continues to grow
It might be due to Tony Abbott, it might be due to Andrew Barr or it even might be due to Jeremy Hanson but membership of the ACT Labor Party has reached new heights.
There are now more members of the ACT Labor Party than members of the Canberra Liberals and ACT [...]
[ 2 September 2015 at 9:00 am; 3 September 2015 at 9:00 am; ]
Meet your local ministers and have your say on local issues at the ACT Government’s pop-up cabinet in Woden next week.
The Woden pop-up cabinet is the first of several that will take place at town centres across Canberra in coming months.
In addition to the pop-up cabinet, there will also be opportunities to engage with ministers [...]
I support the introduction of light rail networks across Canberra.
We should not be having this debate in 2015. The first tracks should have been laid down in the late 1950s or at least by the mid 1960s.
I blame the former NCDC for this oversight. This lack of light rail transport infrastructure most likely came about [...]
I had 30 years in the public sector and 15 years in the parliamentary sector and am occasionally given cause to reflect on some of the characters I met in those days.
With Simon Corbell’s retirement from this aspect of his life and career, he becomes the last Labor member to have experienced life in opposition. [...]
Canberra’s homelessness problem increases
There was a 65 per cent increase in the number of Canberrans contacting homelessness services between 2009 and 2014.
More than 1,000 young Canberrans, aged 15 to 24, contact these services each year.
These are two statistics that, combined with the cold winter, should make you stop and think.
The ACT Government’s major reforms into [...]
And so it was, the Coalition’s marathon same-sex marriage debate in Canberra has ended in farce.
With two thirds of the joint party room supporting ‘traditional’ marriage, our MPs and senators have drawn attention to the fact that our country remains stuck in the 50′s. According to some it’s made us an international laughing stock.
To the disappointment of many, our [...]
As the theme of abusing political privilege continues to permeate from side to side and state to state, let us focus the lens on the ACT.
With the departure of Australia’s fair-minded, unprejudiced, and graceful Speaker of the House, Bronwyn Bishop, Australian politicians of all stripes are holding hands, bunkering down, and bracing for a long [...]
Last week I wrote about the Brongate saga from the Apple Isle. Well, I’m still here enjoying the fantastic scenery, pleasant people, fabulous eating establishments and the weather!
The snow hit in the middle of the week and to get to our destination, we had to drive through a blizzard with snow coming horizontally at us. [...]
The public housing revolution starts
Andrew Barr has been pretty busy on the subject of public housing since taking the top job. His main task is to refresh the entire ACT public housing stock of more than 1,200 homes.
The aim is to improve the lives of those in public housing, which sounds like a reasonable outcome. It [...]
There have been inaccurate media statements and comments online by the bureaucracy and others about the actions of residents to save the Dickson Parklands.
Here are some key points about the debate for the Dickson Parklands
There was a series of well attended workshops in late 2014 on the future of the Parklands. Since then there was [...]
Following the flurry after it was announced that the Northern Territory may achieve statehood by 2018, politicians, pundits, and the media alike were quick to quell the cries that the Australian Capital Territory too could become a state.
Local media pointed out that the ACT would not be left as Australia’s lone territory, as we’d still be [...]
Regardless of whether you think that using clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar is the “right” thing to do for our environment, within a few years it’s going to be the smart thing to do financially.
Renewable energy has become a hot topic for both Federal and ACT politicians. The Federal Government has directed [...]
The question circulating among many political junkies at the moment is simple: How long can the Speaker survive?
The headlines don’t look good, with calls to permanently ground the high-flying Bronwyn Bishop. There’s the ‘turbulence’ of that $5000 helicopter flight, plus further revelations of additional chopper trips, thousand-dollar-a-day limo rides and an additional $80,000 expense claim.
I very [...]
Since I seem to be destined for Hades for my support for same sex marriages and asylum seekers, I may as well prepare for the inevitable. Part of my preparation is what happens to my mortal remains after I kark it.
I have some knowledge of the post-death system in Canberra and I have been agitating [...]
[ 21 July 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Our next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm on 21 July, at the Majura Function Room, Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosevear Place Dickson.
Our guest presenters will be Labor MLA for Molonglo Meegan Fitzharris, and the Asbestos Response Task Force.
We have asked Ms Fitzharris to respond to the following questions:
In relation to the governments publication Engaging Canberrans – [...]
That awkward moment when…
There’s quite often a moment in the workplace when your boss corrects you, asserting their position as top dog. This could even undermine your position on a certain topic.
That’s where Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson is with his federal boss, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It’s now twice that Abbott has completely undermined [...]
Just thought it was worth highlighting this little issue.
The ACT Labor party’s approach to political donations is now at odds with a proposal to be put forward to the Federal Labor Council which will limit political donations to $1,000.
My own feeling? I think developers have had over ACT Governments for decades – both sides of politics [...]
What is it about the conservative right wing zealots in this country that they have to have vendettas about unions, Labor Party people and the disadvantaged?
Is it in their DNA?
The number of royal commissions which have come and gone targeting unions and the Labor Party are too numerous to mention, have cost tens of millions [...]