Commentators’ tips that ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja would score a junior ministry in progressive Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s post-election reshuffle – apparently to appease angry conservative elements in the Federal Coalition – have proven correct.
The prime minister this afternoon promoted Senator Seselja to his front bench, appointing him assistant minister for social [...]
Brendan Smyth’s departure has made way for renewal with his fellow Brindabella MLA Andrew Wall and Alistair Coe the principal beneficiaries of Jeremy Hanson’s Shadow Cabinet reshuffle today following the news that Mr Smyth will leave the Legislative Assembly to become ACT Commissioner for International Engagement.
Mr Smyth’s Brindabella colleague Mr Wall, a former patio-business manager [...]
The ACT Government has appointed longstanding Liberal MLA Brendan Smyth as the territory’s first commissioner for international engagement starting from August 1, meaning there is likely to be a count back to fill his seat in the electorate of Brindabella for the last few weeks before the election in October.
Mr Smyth, who is deputy leader [...]
Though it remains unclear whether the Coalition will be able to form government, the Australian Financial Review has this morning reported that ACT Liberals Senator Zed Seselja is one of two names most mentioned by fellow conservative MPs as a potential for promotion to Malcolm Turnbull’s ministry and described him as a “rising star” [...]
The Greens are currently poised to steal the ACT Senate seat out from under the feet of the Liberals Zed Seselja. Zed has been virtually absent from his electorate for the past three years, yet has flown in and under taken one of the most expensive campaigns for a Senate seat in recent history. All [...]
Supporters of ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja have attached to the dashboard of one of their campaign vehicles text on a photograph of his key opponent, Greens candidate Christina Hobbs, saying she wants “a railing” (slang for violent sex), sparking social media outrage and calls for an apology on the eve of the Federal election.
As we head into the final days of an election campaign, new research from the ANU has found negative political advertising is driving people to vote for minor parties and independents.
Political marketing researcher Dr Andrew Hughes of the ANU Research School of Management has studied political advertising, based on measuring people’s reactions to ads [...]
I was 11 years old when I bought my first computer. It was 1984, and the machine was a Mattel Aquarius. Rubber keys, cassette tape drive, less than 4 kilobytes of memory, and black and white television as a screen.
Back then, the only way to transfer data was on a cassette tape.
There’s been a trail [...]
A yet-to-be named Federal Government agency will move to the Gungahlin Town Centre if the Turnbull Coalition Government is re-elected, ACT Liberal Senator Zed Seselja has announced.
The agency chosen to be the first to operate from Gungahlin was likely to be one currently based in the Parliamentary area to avoid impacting on other town [...]
Greens ACT Senate candidate Christina Hobbs told the RiotACT this afternoon that neither she nor any Federal Greens candidate would attend an Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) Meet the Candidates forum tonight, and confirmed the Greens had not replied to the organisation’s questionnaire for political parties on moral and social justice issues.
“Absolutely not. While I’m happy [...]
Given the advertising starting this weekend on the new rules for voting for the Senate, the Australian Electoral Commission is keeping very quiet on the fact you can still just number one box above the line and your vote is still valid and will get counted. It’s called the Savings Provision and in a nutshell [...]
After formally warning the ACT Liberals over their use of campaign material on social media last week, the Electoral Commission has issued an update to the rules that reverses their previous instructions to the Liberals over their usage.
A number of Liberals had posted anti-Light Rail material on their social media feeds that didn’t include any [...]
Former RiotACT regular and blogger at The Political ACT Richard Fox has this week joined the staff of ACT Transport and Municipal Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris.
While The Political ACT blog was still live this morning and remained active on Twitter until ten days ago, the site disappeared from public view this afternoon.
Fox started as [...]
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says he and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews have agreed to work together on the Safe Schools program, information sharing to help prevent family violence and progressing low cost flights between Canberra and Melbourne, following a meeting in the Victorian capital yesterday.
The Safe Schools program is designed to prevent and manage [...]
ACT Greens Senate candidate Christina Hobbs has slammed Barnaby Joyce’s plan to force Canberra-based public servants to leave Canberra.
“This is blatant pork-barrelling on the part of the deputy prime minister. Only the most rabidly partisan would deny it,” said Hobbs (pictured).
She was referring to Joyce’s latest comments about forcing the 170 workers at the Australian Pesticides and [...]
ACT opposition leader Jeremy Hanson on Thursday announced an $85 million package to provide more support for Canberra’s schools.
The package would allow for new infrastructure, capital upgrades and maintenance, support for specialised schools and support for children with disabilities in non-government schools, he said.
Hanson, in his budget reply speech to the Legislative Assembly, said the Canberra Liberals [...]
Canberra Business Chamber has commended the ACT government’s focus on business in the 2016–17 budget and believes the private sector can play a larger role in getting the ACT back in the black.
Chamber chief executive officer Robyn Hendry said the increase in the payroll tax threshold from $1.85 million to $2 million was good for [...]
Shadow arts minister Brendan Smyth says it is hypocritical of chief minister Andrew Barr to slam federal government cuts to national institutions while making his own to ACT cultural institutions.
But arts minister Chris Bourke vehemently rejected the charge, describing it as inept at best, and at worst, “a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts”.
Smyth said: “It should be a [...]
ACT home owners will be relieved to learn that residential rates will rise by 4.5 per cent rather than 8.75 per cent as flagged in the last Budget, however unit owners are set to contend with larger increases and all rate payers will face some unexpected hits to their hip pockets in the form of [...]
Canberra’s strengthening economy, prudent fiscal management and a bit of good luck have enabled the ACT Government to improve the expected budget deficit by $246 million this year.
ACT Budget at a glance
A combination of waning fiscal restraint by the Commonwealth, a broader revenue base due to more diversified economy and some strategic pre-election budget management [...]
The ACT Government will spend more than $5 million on the retrial of David Eastman for the murder of Colin Winchester and related proceedings in 2016-17 according to the ACT Budget papers.
ACT Budget at a glance
The Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s expenses in relation to the retrial will total $3,371,000, divided between ACT Courts costs [...]
The ACT Government will spend an additional $3,306,000 on the Office of the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2016-17, reflecting the expansion of the Assembly from 17 to 25 members from 2016-17.
ACT Budget at a glance
The funding will cover Members, members’ staff salaries and on-costs as well as additional resources for Assembly Hansard production, security and [...]
The ACT Government will increase the eligibility age for the Seniors Card from 60 to 65 over by 2025.
ACT Budget at a glance
The card is currently available to ACT residents aged 60 years or over who are retired or work less than 20 hours a week.
From July 1, 2017, the eligibility age will increase to [...]
• A forecast return to balanced budgets in 2017-18 and 2018-19 with surpluses from 2019-20 onwards
• Budget position improved by $250 million in 2015-16
• Debt consistent with retaining a AAA credit rating
• Residential rates to rise by 4.5 per cent in 2016-17 and 7 per cent per year on average for the following five years
Canberra residential and rural property owners will pay a Safer Families Levy of $30 per year on top of existing rates charges from July to fund a suite of family violence prevention initiatives in the territory.
ACT Budget at a glance
The Government’s $21.42 million Safer Families package forms one of the key components of the 2016/17 [...]
[ 16 June 2016 at 7:00 pm; ]
Public Forum on 16th June 2016 to meet ACT candidates for the Federal Election.
Hear the Candidates’ views about:
what should be the national responsibilities for planning in the ACT; and
preserving the unique characteristics of Canberra as the nation’s capital.
Questions could cover:
location of Federal departments in relation to impacts on town centres, employment, transport and parking;
impact of [...]
This afternoon the ACT government will deliver the 2016 budget. As there is a local election in October will it be bland, even largely forgettable, like the cautious May federal budget, precursor to the July 2 election?
Or, more likely, will our local effort be directed at appeasing the voters, softening them up for the October [...]
Cuts to health-care funding and public service jobs, the privatisation of Medicare and threats to weekend penalty rates are the key concerns for swinging voters in Eden Monaro, according to UnionsACT.
Union members conducted a weekend doorknock throughout the electorate, where the victory margin at the last federal election was 1085 votes, as part of the national union [...]
When I came to Australia in 1952, I couldn’t speak English, I couldn’t count to 10 and I came by boat. If Minister Dutton had been on the wharf, would he have turned my boat back?
I know heaps of people who run restaurants, market stalls, who are builders and taxi drivers. I know many hard-working people [...]
There is a now a long list of candidates announced for the 2016 ACT election. These people are about to put themselves through a very complicated and drawn out job application. If they pass this six-month interview process, they will be given a four-year contract to be an ACT politician. Then they have the option [...]
The Liberal opposition would ditch the Barr government’s plan for paid parking in the Phillip commercial precinct, shadow minister for small business Andrew Wall said on Thursday.
“Unlike the government, the Canberra Liberals will be happy to consult with local businesses and look to accommodate their needs,” he said.
“There should be a fairer mix of short [...]