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New laws to reduce red-tape for community fundraising and food businesses

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

New laws to be introduced into the Legislative Assembly this week will reduce red-tape for several food businesses and community groups by removing the need for not-for-profit groups to appoint a food safety supervisor when fundraising, Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher announced today.
“The ACT Government listened to the concerns raised by members [...]

RiotACT Face Off: Should funded tertiary education be subject selective?

By 20 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s time for another RiotACT Face Off. This week, we asked Kate Carnell and Steven Bailey to share their thoughts on government funding of tertiary education. Both were given the following question and their responses are below.
Should tertiary education directly align with the business needs of the nation in order to [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 16/20/14

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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ACTEW: Money down the drain
As money was sucked down the drain from the ACT taxpayer, it fell from the sky for ACTEW’s top brass this year as new Managing Director John Knox flushed away some heavy waste. Including long-service leave, Ex-Managing Director Mark Sullivan left the job this year with a miserly termination package [...]

Canberra opens its doors to Shenzhen City in new economic agreement

By 16 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Canberra is set to benefit from an economic cooperation agreement signed today by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Mayor of Shenzhen Mr Xu Qin, in China, marking a new era of collaboration between the two cities.
“This memorandum of understanding opens the door to a range of significant new opportunities for Canberra businesses with a [...]

Why not keep it local, Chief Minister?

By 15 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The experienced Australian elector realises that we are simply stepping stones to International Greatness for our politicians.
Once installed in office, the interests of the people who put them there become secondary to mingling with those they imagine to be their global peers while they discuss grand plans and mighty projects.
Of course, as a country we [...]

ACT to join medical cannabis clinical trial

By 14 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Chief Minister and Minister for Health Katy Gallagher has welcomed the announcement of a clinical trial of medicinal cannabis to be led by New South Wales.
The Chief Minister confirmed the ACT would work with NSW on the Commonwealth-backed study.
“The NSW Premier and I discussed the clinical trial at Friday’s COAG meeting and agreed the ACT [...]

Canberra’s cats facing containment

By 14 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Feline freedoms in Canberra could be curtailed if a new report is adopted by the ACT Government. Penned by an academic, Kathy Eyles, from the ANU’s Fenner School and an ACT Government environmental planner, the report is being considered by Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury. The report recommends that cats should be permanently [...]

Why we shouldn’t wait on medicinal cannabis

By 13 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Rioters have undoubtedly noticed that the issue of the medicinal use of cannabis is getting a lot of attention right now. It seems a lot people support it – patients, carers, a range of medical professionals, broadcaster Alan Jones, and even the Prime Minister. Despite this, the laws have not changed, and some are arguing [...]

Capital Metro a billion dollar idea going off the rails

By 13 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government plans to invite expressions of interest from 31 October for a private consortium to build, own and operate a light rail system for a period of 20 years.
The Capital Metro light rail, or tramway, will come into service in 2019 along a 12 km track between Gungahlin and Civic via Dickson. The [...]

Christmas and Cocos Islands – WTF?

By 10 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I read with some dismay in the Canberra Times of 2 October about the appointment of Jon Stanhope’s successor to the positon of Administrator of Christmas and Cocos Islands.
What I read sent shivers down my spine.
The Administrator jobs in those Islands and Norfolk Island are quasi- gubernatorial positions. They are akin to the Administrator of [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 9/10/14

By 9 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Most Liveable City…. in the WORLD!!
A reserved Katy Gallagher has responded to the news that according to an OECD Regional Wellbeing report, Canberra is the best place to live in the world. Cautiously admitting that she did not expect Canberra to be deemed the world’s most liveable city, Gallagher was quick to approve of [...]

Katy Gallagher’s first Facebook Q&A

By 8 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Chief Minister Katy Gallagher hosted her first Facebook Q&A last night.
The first 5 minutes or so of the session was a bit like a High School disco – lots of smiling and winking but not much action… Then things got a bit more heated. Questions ranged across a number of [...]

Facebook Forum with Chief Minister tonight 7-8pm

By 7 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The Chief Minister will host her first Facebook Q&A tonight between 7pm and 8pm to answer any questions you may have (within reason of course).
Any outstanding questions will be followed up after the session.

Burquas – the Hidden Threat

By 7 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I saw the media recently from that bastion of protectionism, Cory Benardi, that he wants to ban the burquas from Parliament House. His call was echoed by that Pauline Hanson clone, Jacqui Lambie, that the burqua be banned in Oz entirely.
Good one. Not!
There are so many issues at stake here. Firstly, I agree that the [...]

ACT strengthens its innovative approach to drug crime

By 1 October 2014

Support programs that help to reduce the prevalence of drug crime in the ACT will be strengthened, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today as he released the Evaluation of the Australian Capital Territory Drug Diversion Programs (2013).
“The territory has been a leader in introducing dedicated drug diversion programs, with five court and police administered programs now [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap 30/09/14

By 30 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Brianna Heseltine and the ALP
It has been revealed that Brianna Heseltine from the Fluffy Owner’s and Residents’ Action Group has joined the ALP. In an interview with Marcus Paul, Heseltine broke down arguing that as a private citizen she has the right to privacy on the issue. Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson has responded [...]

On Water or On Land Operations

By 26 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We have been engaged in a post on the involvement of the military forces in Iraq and Syria in recent days.
Be that as it may, has anyone spotted the rank hypocrisy of the detail of information we have on that conflict?
We know the names of the towns that are strafed, we know how [...]

New measures for ESA to tackle emergencies

By 25 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today put forward proposed new laws designed to minimise the risk of bushfires and improve public safety.
“I introduced the Emergencies Amendment Bill into the ACT Legislative Assembly to assist our community, particularly rural land owners and managers to plan and prepare for the risks associated with [...]

Poor privileged Pete

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The former Parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has managed to avoid the Go-Slow (as an ex-lawyer who worked with me as producer used to refer to the House of Correction).
He’d spent a bit of time inside after dipping in to his trust fund.
It’s not easy being a lawyer – so many temptations.
Of course that won’t be [...]

Tanning Beds – Major Parties Destroy another Small Business

By 25 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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We’re all going to die, actually, many of us already have. In fact, I think my life is going to be rather short compared to others but regardless of that, Betty Gobin owns a small tanning salon business.
One day it was worth $280,000, now, after last year’s announcement to ban commercial tanning salons in the [...]

State of the Capital – Weekly Political Wrap

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the Legislative Assembly, Shadow Education Minister Steve Deszpot has attacked the Government with claims that ACT teachers are overwhelmed with administrative tasks. Deszpot put it to Minister for Education Joy Burch that teachers want to spend more time teaching and less time penpushing bureaucratic bulldust. Burch responded by delivering an enthralling, prepared, statement that [...]

ISIS – Why, oh Why?

By 24 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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I was going to post a comment on the lack of advocacy for aged people in nursing homes but I will do that later this week. I have a bit of checking to do.
In the meantime, I was enraged to see and read the fatwa from ISIS. It is the scariest threat we have [...]

Clearer inquiries process for the Supreme Court

By 23 September 2014

Amendments to the Crimes Act 1900, passed today in the Legislative Assembly will bring certainty to the process of inquiring into criminal convictions, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, said today.
“The amendments to the Act clarify the judicial nature of the Supreme Court when it considers a report of an inquiry and ensure that there are no [...]

Australian Muslims need a PR advisor right now…

By 23 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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British author Ian McEwan wrote after 9/11: “It is hard to be cruel once you permit yourself to enter the mind of your victim. Imagining what it is like to be someone other than yourself is at the core of our humanity.”
Australian Muslims right now will be feeling like victims, victims of a frighteningly swift [...]

State/Territory Mutual Recognition fails again

By 19 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today I received my renewal notice for my NSW Recreational Fishing License which has risen 17% to $35.00 for 12 months. They must be using the same rating formula as ACT Revenue.
An equivalent license in the ACT does not exist (yet) but my favourite fishing spot is in NSW and ACT residents are not exempted from [...]

Energy efficiency scheme delivers significant savings to households

By 18 September 2014

A review of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme has found that the program saves participating households about $1,600 each, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, announced today.
Mr Corbell tabled a review of the scheme in the Legislative Assembly today that showed greenhouse gas reductions as a result of the program between 1 January 2013 and [...]

$6.3m to support the disability sector under NDIS

By 18 September 2014

Canberra’s disability sector is set to receive a further injection of $6.3 million in funding to continue to help the ACT adapt to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the funding would go to initiatives and activities that help organisations to support families and carers to prepare for the NDIS, [...]

Nature Conservation Bill 2014 is a commitment to a sustainable future

By 18 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A new Nature Conservation Bill introduced into the Legislative Assembly today forms a key part of the ACT Government’s commitment to a sustainable future for Canberra, Minister for the Environment, Simon Corbell, said today.
The Bill is a result of a review of the Nature Conservation Act 1980. The review has benefitted from several years’ [...]

My Grandpa and Voluntary Euthanasia

By 18 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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On my desk there is a photograph of my Grandfather and me at the age of one. He is holding me in his arms and smiling down at me with that unique union of love and joy that only the innocence of young life can inspire. My Grandfather, John Bailey, had three daughters yet in [...]

Euthanasia in the ACT

By 16 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The Canberra Times reported last week that ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury, in separate submissions to a Senate inquiry into the Medical Services Dying with Dignity Bill introduced by the Greens, have called on the federal government to give the territory back its right to make laws on euthanasia.
The Abbott [...]

Facing the flaws in our democratic model

By 15 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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Winston Churchill’s “finest hour” came in the 1940s, as he stood defiantly for the democratic order in opposition to Hitler’s totalitarianism, but Churchill later described democracy as “the worst form of Gov­ern­ment except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time…”
Democracy is indeed a flawed and imperfect device for running complex [...]

Back to the Future – Frightening

By 12 September 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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In the 1960s was a perceived threat to Australia from the “Yellow Peril” coming down the Indo-China peninsula.
We had seen the Korean War, the communist insurgents in Malaysia on the border with Thailand and the Vietnam War had just kicked off.
My father, the Air Force officer, was a strident anti-communist and whilst he didn’t talk [...]

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